Gerd Ludwig's naturalistic images of contemporary life are layered, complex and intellectual. German born, he has been published in Geo, Stern, Spiegel, Time, and Life, and has been a regular and frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine since the early 1990's. Gerd's humanistic focus on the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in his book, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, a ten-year retrospective published by National Geographic in 2001; his ongoing coverage of post Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as being the western world's foremost color photographer documenting the region.
Now based in Los Angeles and still working primarily for National Geographic, Gerd also shoots advertising campaigns, lectures and gives photographic workshops internationally. He is a Canon Explorer of Light, a veteran of the renowned A Day in the Life book series and has won numerous photographic awards including the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year.