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Benjamin Antony Monn was born in 1978 in Munich, Germany.

He started working as an assistant to the production management for film and adverts at BMG Management and studying film editing at Roman Kuhn & Partner in Munich before his interest in photography became stronger and stronger and took finally over in 2001. His career took him from film editing to photography – from moving pictures to still images.

Monn worked as an assistant to several international photographers before undertaking his apprenticeship at the Art in Action Studio in Munich until 2003. Since then he has been a professional photographer concentrating on the fields of architecture & interior, automotive and corporate photography. From the beginning onwards architectural photography stands in the focus of Benjamin Antony Monn’s work. He is not following the established aims of the genre – documentation and identification of buildings – with his innovative way to photograph he rather works on a new definition of architectural photography. Since 2002 this “working progress” let him carry out several groups of work parallel to each other. Within these projects Monn approaches the medium architecture from different perspectives and photographic angles.

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For his sequence A-SYMMETRIE he accurately records every single building to work out the pure architectural form. The elaboration of linear structures and abstract form criterions is in the centre of this project. Monn aims at deciphering the formal language of architecture. The design stands for itself – the buildings architecture as whole are presented in a space-time and functionless aesthetics.

Contrasting to this the photographer highlights fragmentary architectural details in his project CANDELA. For each image a certain construction detail of one building is carefully chosen, but photographed from a very a-typical angle of view. These changes are to such an extent that it’s nearly impossible to infer to the elements original position. Monn dissolves the single elements from their typical place and origin within architectural structures. With the reference to the constructive painting the detailed treatment of colour and form receives priority. His images break up with every established idea about buildings and architecture.

Monn’s youngest project within this work field is the ENDOR PROJECT, named after the homonymous planet in Star Wars II. Abstract engineering buildings, like radar-installations, wind farms and ski- jumps, placed in the landscape without any regards build the motives of this sequence. He demonstrates the extreme incision of those functional buildings. The pictures seem created, but they are not. Benjamin A. Monn detects these alarming contrasts between landscape and architecture worldwide.

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Benjamin A. Monn describes with his photography a balancing act between fine art and commercial. The artist inside him never stands still. This is visible not only in his architectural photography but also in his other work groups. For his sequence FRAGMENTE he combines fragments of different buildings and creates photographic collages that arouses an entirely new experience of architecture.

Benjamin Antony Monn won a variety of awards and prizes for his photography, i.a. the famous Hasselblad Masters Award in the category architecture. He is currently represented by several international galleries and agents, among others in Shanghai, Los Angeles and New York. He is founder and CEO of the Candela Project Gallery, for contemporary fine art photography and founder of Lookfilter.com. His works were published in several prestigious magazines and special photographic press and his photographs were exhibited in various solo and group shows.

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Hasselblad Master Award 2008 Image

Hasselblad Master Award 2008

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Applied Arts Photography Award 2011 Image

Applied Arts Photography Award 2011

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New York Photo Awards 2009 Image

New York Photo Awards 2009

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Sony World Photography Awards Cannes 2008 Image

Sony World Photography Awards Cannes 2008

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PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2008 Image

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2008

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Fotoforum Award 2010 Image

Fotoforum Award 2010

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International Photography Award 2010 Image

International Photography Award 2010

Honorable Mentions
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4th Photography Masters Cup 2010 Image

4th Photography Masters Cup 2010

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International Color Award 2009 Image

International Color Award 2009

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International Photography Award Los Angeles 2008 Image

International Photography Award Los Angeles 2008

12 Honorable Mentions
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Rodenstock Photo Award International 2008 Image

Rodenstock Photo Award International 2008

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Celeste Art Prize 2008 Image

Celeste Art Prize 2008

Honored and Selected
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Nikon Photo Contest International 2005 Image

Nikon Photo Contest International 2005

3rd Prize
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Exhibition Photographers Gallery Los Angeles  Image

Exhibition Photographers Gallery Los Angeles

Solo Show 2010
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Exhibition "BAM Photography" Design Raum Munich

Solo Show 2009
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Exhibition Gallery Contributed Berlin Image

Exhibition Gallery Contributed Berlin

Group Show 2009
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Exhibition Gallery Candela Project Munich Image

Exhibition Gallery Candela Project Munich

Group Show 2009
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Exhibition Gallery Villa Ruh || Zingst Germany Image

Exhibition Gallery Villa Ruh || Zingst Germany

Group Show Hasselblad 2008
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Exhibition Acte2 Gallery Paris

Exhibition Acte2 Gallery Paris "PX3 Award"

Group Show 2008
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Exhibition "Perfect Form" IHK Artrium Munich

Group Show 2008
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Exhibition Gallery AKA Munich

Exhibition Gallery AKA Munich "Fragmente"

Solo Show 2007
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Exhibition "Robots" Serviceplan Agency Munich

Solo Show 2005
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Charity Exhibition

Charity Exhibition "Part One"

Group Show 2005
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Exhibition "A-Symmetrie" Artroom Munich

Solo Show 2008
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Exhibition "Heimweg" Haus der Kunst Munich

Group Show & Charity Auction 2004
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