Member of BBK in 2010.
The BBK is the Federal Association of Artist of the Fine Arts in Germany.
Born in Nuremberg, Lechner now resides in Eckental in the south of Germany. He began his career as a photo lab technician apprentice, then moved onwards to an apprenticeship as a photographer, and is now a member of the Federal Association of Artist of the Fine Arts in Germany. Jürgen’s creations reflect this journey; his efforts reflect what is possible by slowing down.
In a period characterized by technological advances, German photographer Jürgen Lechner looks to the earliest photographic techniques: pinhole photography with a camera obscura. In doing so, Lechner presents the spectator with contemporary scenes that highlight the often-overlooked viewpoints of our environment. Lechner’s abandon of digital photography may be unusual, but his aesthetic proves to be as innovative if not more so than any digitally based photographic style. His somber scenes have a quiet and meditative air that encourages the spectator to relish a world that seems comparable with yet far removed from our own.
In this era of instant gratification, Jürgen Lechner places enormous emphasis on a slowed-down photographic process that brings forth energy and passion in his artworks. Far too many things in life happen quickly and he feels that by taking control of the speed at which his art is created allows for a more practical experience and enjoyment of place and time. As with all artists across the globe, the award-winning German photographer aims to create artistically inspired pieces that are based on his own inner vision, providing a significant impact on the world as a whole. Huge efforts go into his work—from subject matter and composition, to light and depth—all while bringing forward emotion that cannot be achieved by working quickly. Jürgen also feels that black and white photography (long exposure or otherwise) opens up a realm that might not be attainable in other mediums of the art and his methods are only 100% complete with the print and presentation.
Artist Statement - Camera Obscura
In 2006 I decided to go back to the roots of photography, to rediscover pinhole photography with a „Camera Obscura“ – which has become my preferred means of taking photographs. I studied the works of different artists, including painters who influenced my current work. A good photograph takes time, I often visit places several times to find the conditions I need for a special photograph. Working with a pinhole camera means an immense depth of field, a huge image circle and a long exposure time. All has to be considered. I love this „slow“ photography, being one with nature, engaging in deep introspection, getting movement in the pictures, like the action of water or branches in contrast to non-moving objects to reach more tenseness. I do black and white pinhole photography only, as I think it is more mysterious, more insistent, more quiet and suits the method better than color photography.