Max Ernst Stockburger(*1988) is a German documentary photographer working at the intersection of traditional and post-documentary photography. His work explores the impact of technology and globalization on society and everyday life. By utilizing computational operations to collect, classify, and generate images he challenges common narratives and explores the structures of power represented in and through images.

Growing up next to a U.S. Army Garrison in the aftermath of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have deeply shaped his work.

With reference to Baudrillard‘s understanding of „America as the original version of modernity“ Stockburger uses the U.S. as a proxy to visualize the underlying structure of our modern-day world.

Stockburger graduated in Documentary Photography (B.A.) at the University of Applied Science Hannover and studied Fine Arts at Hiroshima City University. After finishing his Master‘s (M.A.) in Visual Media and Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld he was awarded the 2020 MEXT Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Stockburger‘s work has been supported by various international institutions including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the German-Japanese Society.


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Max Ernst Stockburger 2020 — Berlin/Tokyo