Jörg Sasse

Biography of Jörg Sasse

Digital photography pioneer, Jörg Sasse, follows a long and prestigious line of German photographers including Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky. Born in 1962, Sasse attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1982 to 1988 and had the honor of studying under the great German photographer Bernd Becher. He now divides his time between Berlin and Düsseldorf.


Jörg Sasse’s work at the beginning of his career were characterized by its typical everydayness, display shop windows and banal interiors. However, in 1994 he changed his methodology and began digitally manipulating images he came across in flea markets, or found in the possession of friends and acquaintances. Often the images were unrecognizable from their original source, and through them he presented a new indeterminate reality. By thus playing with the photographic reality, Sasse makes the viewer aware of the contradictions between everyday experience and perception.


Jörg Sasse has exhibited all over the world, notably at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1997. A year later he had a prominent role in the “Sightings: New Photographic Art” at the ICA in London. In 2007 a major retrospective of his work was exhibited at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. In 2012 he had a solo show at C/O Berlin entitled “Berlin–Common Places”. He is in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, and the Deutsche Börse Group. 

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