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Harvest worker, Beelitz, 2006
Harvest worker with arms behind back, Moetzow, 2007
harvest worker
harvest worker, beelitz
Harvest worker, Beelitz, 2006
harvest worker, beelitz
harvest worker, beelitz

"Seasonal laborers, who work as harvest hands in foreign countries, have a long tradition. This kind of migration used to exist all over the world long before the age of globalization. The direction of working migration in Europe today goes from East to West. Most of the seasonal laborers have to travel very far to reach their working places.

"More than 300,000 harvest hands come to Germany every year from Eastern Europe. Their season starts with the asparagus harvest in April and ends with cabbage and grapes in autumn. It is interesting to watch the internal dynamics in this kind of migration. Typically most of the workers had come from Poland, but during the last years more and more people have come from further Eastern Europe, from the Ukraine or Romania, while a lot of Polish workers have migrated as far as Sweden and England because they get better pay there.

"The seasonal workers are mostly men, young and old. They come from different social levels and backgrounds. They live for weeks and months together in temporary shacks with double-decker beds. They work seven days a week and usually have no contact with the local Germans. Most of them don’t speak one word of German. The German farmers need them urgently; the whole harvest depends on these men from abroad because there are not enough Germans who are willing to do such underpaid and hard physical work. So thousands of harvest hands come and go every year like birds of passage.

"In summer 2006 and 2007 I took portraits of these workers who came to us a long way. I met them in the asparagus and strawberry fields, or in the evening sitting in front of their shacks. With my pictures I want to tell something about the difficult state of identity today in Eastern Europe, about hard physical work, and the problem of working migration in general."

— Ingar Krauss, Berlin, as published on Lensculture


Ingar Krauss was born in 1965 in East Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin and Zechin (Brandenburg). After learning a trade, and working for many years as a psychiatric caregiver, he turned to photography in the mid-90s and has since participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma.

Krauss’ photographs are in private and public collections worldwide including the Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy; Collezione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bozen, Italy; Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Collezione Gemma De Angelis Testa, Milan, Italy; Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austra; Ordóñez-Falcón Photography Collection, San Sebastián, Spain; The John Kobal Foundation, London, UK; Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, USA; Margulies Collection, Miami, USA; Vince Aletti Collection, New York, USA; Sir Elton John Collection, Atlanta, USA; Agnès b. collection, Paris; Hermès Collection, Paris; Paolo Roversi Collection, Paris; Collectie Cees Dam, Amsterdam; Hasselbladfoundation, Göteborg, Sweden; Michael Loulakis Collection, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

Krauss has received grants from the Berlin Chancellery for Cultural Affairs, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Kunstfonds, and the Brandenburg Ministry of Culture, and served as artist-in-residence in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Turin, Reggio Emilia, Jena and Dresden. Ingar Krauss is represented by Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, and Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin. Publications of his works include the books Ingar Krauss: Portraits (Hatje Cantz, 2005), Face: The New Photographic Portrait (Thames & Hudson, 2006), La cenere delle immagini (Marietti, 2006), Ecce Uomo (Mondadori Electa, 2006), and 39 Bilder (Hartmann Books, 2016).

Selected Exhibitions


Ingar Krauss: Der Harte Kern Der Schonheit, Galerie Springer, Berlin
Light and Color: Photography of Ann Rhoney and Ingar Krauss, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 1- May 7, 2022

Naturen, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
Festival of Lights, Nailya Alexander Gallery, November - December 2020
Texture, Nailya Alexander Gallery, January-December 2020

Color of Light: Fifteen Years of Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York
Lichtungen, Galerie Pankow, Berlin
Steigen, Edvard Munch Haus, Warnemünde
Vitreus, Gaggenau Hub, Milan, Italy
Naturen, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France

Steigen, Galerie des VBK Brandenburg, Potsdam
About a girl, Fotohaus ParisBerlin, Arles, Frankreich
Licht im Winter, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

Wer Stillleben lebt, lebt drinnen (He who still lifes lives inside), UNO Art Space, Stuttgart

Jena Paradies, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin & Galerie Josef Filipp, Leipzig, Germany
Glas, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France

Ingar Krauss, Guardini Galerie Berlin, Germany
Hortus, Orangerie der Anhaltischen Gemäldegalerie, Dessau, Germany
New Stillives, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany

Natures Mortes, Hôtel Fontfreyde Centre Photographique, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Pflanzen und Tiere, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

Le temps suspendu. Une rétrospective, Goethe Institut Paris, France
San Salvario, Velan Center, Turin, Italy

Nature Morte, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan & Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
Die Wanderarbeiter, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

Youth of Dresden around 2010/Dresdner Jugend um 2010, Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Germany

Davao, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, USA
About a girl, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

Birds of Passage, Goethe-Institut Riga, Latvia

Portraits, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA 

In Persona, Fotoforum Innsbruck, Austria

Portraits, Marvelli Gallery, New York & Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy

Of the children we know nothing/Von den Kindern weiss man nichts, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany
The Cat’s Eye, Marvelli Gallery, New York


"Zwischen Traum & Zaun – Gärten im Fokus der Kunst",Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany 
"FlowerPower. Die Kunst, mit Blumen zu sprechen" Angermuseum Erfurt, Germany  
"Wildnis Gelände Natur" Galerie Amalienpark, Berlin 
"Landeinwärts" Landtag of Brandenburg, Potsdam, Germany

"Mounted Light" Galerie Sandau & Leo, Berlin 
"Sky & Heaven" Guardini Galerie, Berlin 
"Provincia" Kummerow Castle, Germany

Here’s Looking at You, Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm, Schweden
Terra nostra – le temps de l’Anthropocène, Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France

Bittersweet Bird of Youth, Schacher Raum für Kunst, Galerienhaus Stuttgart
Gefunden / Found, Galerie Sandau & Leo, Berlin
Ins Offene – Fotokunst im Osten Deutschlands seit 1990 / Into the Open - Photographic Art in East Germany since 1990, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, Germany

Naturliebe – Erneuerbare Haltungen, Kunstverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany

Hütte, Zaun und Horizont, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Germany
Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf Festival, Kunstverein Kunsthaus Potsdam, Germany
Anthropocene, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy
Blanks, Haus am Luetzowplatz, Berlin

Spuren, Fotografien aus der Sammlung des Kunstmuseum DKW Cottbus, Landtag Brandenburg, Potsdam, Germany
Miradas, Centro Cultural de España - Casa del Soldado, Panama
Frangit Nucem, 3rd Cramum award, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan, Italy
Obiecta, Galleria Giacomo Guidi, Rome, Italy

PORTRAIT, Macro - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy
WILD - Tiere in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
Heimat? Osteuropa in der zeitgenoessischen Fotografie, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Germany

Wanderarbeiter. Fotografien einer neuen Arbeiterklasse, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany
Dekalog I – Ein Assoziationsraum, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

Melancholia, (mit Hans Aichinger und Sarah Jones), Klinger Forum, Leipzig, Germany

Der Zweite Blick, Städtische Galerie Villa Streccius, Landau, Germany

Face to Face. German Contemporary Photography, Dong-Gang Museum of Photography, South Korea
About a girl, Galerie fuer Moderne Fotografie, Berlin

This Is Not a Fashion Photograph, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
La Gioia, FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Little history of photography, Centro Galego Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Male – work from the collection of Vince Aletti, White Columns Gallery, New York, USA
Fotografien aus der Sammlung agnès b., C/O Berlin, Germany
Nostalgie. L’istante e la durata del tempo, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy
Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, USA

Zeitgenössische Portraitphotographie, Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Germany
Paesaggio con Rovine - Landscape with Ruins, Quarter Progetti, Turin, Italy
Act of Faith, 14th Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands

Quasi l’infanzia, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Storie Urbane, Settimana della Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ecce Uomo, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, USA
The Children’s Hour, Museum of New Art, Pontiac Michigan, USA

About Face. Photography and the Death of the Portrait, Hayward Gallery London und Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland
La Dura Bellezza, Palazzo della Calcografia, Rome, Italy
Adoleszenz, Fotogalerie Wien, Austria

Moti Mentali. Mirroring Victorian and Contemporary Photography, Marvelli Gallery, New York

John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK