ABOUT

 

Growing up in a small, picturesque town half way between Berlin and Amsterdam, Jens fell in love with photography at an early age. Ever since his uncle gave him a $5 Agfamatic for his tenth birthday, Lucking has not left the house without a camera.

Drawn by the terrible cuisine and the wet weather, he moved to London in 1996. Traveling around the globe for various assignments and personal projects, Jens finally traded his beloved British fish 'n chips for some California sushi and now lives with his lovely wife and car-obsessed son in Venice Beach.

His award-winning photographs have been sold in major art auctions, featured in worldwide publications and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Europe and North America.


MOST RECENT NEWS:

 

  • UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION at DOMA Kitchen, 4325 Glencoe Ave, Unit C8, Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA 90292
  • Show will go up Monday night, July 31st
  • Opening Night MID August 2017 [please check back in for date TBC]
  • 10% of sales proceeds will go to Venice Arts: http://www.venicearts.org

 

  • Venice Family Clinic VENICE ART WALK AUCTION @GOOGLE HQ - May 21, 2017
  • This year's piece GIANT JACKSON sold to a major supporter of VFC for above asking price at $1,400.00
  • http://tinyurl.com/ycwlqwu6

 

 

 


Awards

 

2017 Communication Arts Photography Annual Winner

Winning image "ROAR", shot at the Natural History Museum of L.A. for the Official Los Angeles Visitors Guide 2017

Winning image "ROAR", shot at the Natural History Museum of L.A. for the Official Los Angeles Visitors Guide 2017

 

2016 APA | NY "Give Us Your Best Shot" Finalist

 

 

2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual Winner

One of the four winning images shot for Lisa M. Lewis/Los Angeles Magazine Custom Publishing

One of the four winning images shot for Lisa M. Lewis/Los Angeles Magazine Custom Publishing

 

 

2016 APA LA OFF THE CLOCK

 

2015 APA SF Something Personal

The image "Bald Look" was taken in Sicily during our honeymoon. My wife attempted to climb off of the harbor wall when she was spotted by a Polish tourist. The photograph will be on display during this year's APA SF Something Personal exhibition on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5PM to 11PM. Please RSVP if you would like to come to the show. The venue: THE MIDWAY GALLERY, 900 MARIN STREET, SAN FRANCISCO

The image "Bald Look" was taken in Sicily during our honeymoon. My wife attempted to climb off of the harbor wall when she was spotted by a Polish tourist. The photograph will be on display during this year's APA SF Something Personal exhibition on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5PM to 11PM. Please RSVP if you would like to come to the show.

The venue: THE MIDWAY GALLERY, 900 MARIN STREET, SAN FRANCISCO


2014 APA SF Something Personal

The image "DAD" was taken shortly after Lucking's father was released from hospital after a near-fatal stroke. The photograph will be on display at the APA SF Something Personal Exhibit in San Francisco on DECEMBER 6, 2014. It achieved a joint 3rd place in the judging process, juried by:

SUZEE BARRABEE
Director of Art and Print Production
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

CAMERON BARNUM
Content Producer / Art Buyer
BBDO San Francisco

CHASE MADRID
Senior Art Director
FCB

PATRICK WITTY
Director of Photography
WIRED Magazine

STUART SCHWARTZ
Owner / Curator
The Image Flow

BLAKE BÄKKEN
Design Director
Venables Bell & Partners

2013 LUCIE Awards/International Photography Awards

The series "Jenson Ray Thunder" received an honorable mention at the 2013 International Photography Awards, chosen from nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony in New York City.

The series "Jenson Ray Thunder" received an honorable mention at the 2013 International Photography Awards, chosen from nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony in New York City.


2013 APA LA Off The Clock

This image was one of two of Lucking's photographs chosen by Anne Lyden for the 2013 APA LA Off The Clock exhibit. Former Associate Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Lyden was recently appointed International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.

2012 APA LA Off The Clock

2010 The Art of Photography Show

2009 AOP Open Awards

2005 AOP Awards

2004 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize

The image TOKYO was named the winning photograph of nearly 8,000 submissions for the 2004 National Photographic Portrait Prize on Opening Night at the National Portrait Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square.

2002 AOP Awards

2001 AOP Awards

2001 Velvia Bursary Award

2000 Kodak Class of 2000 Award

2000 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize

2000 AOP Assistants Awards

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1999 AOP Assistants Awards

1998 AOP Assistants Awards


Exhibitions

APA LA OFF THE CLOCK, Santa Monica Airport, Hangar Gallery South (2016)

Arthouse LA, Pacific Palisades - Jacquie Israel, CA (2016)

 

Venice Art Walk & Auction GOOGLE HQ Venice, CA (2015)


Tour De Venice, Hotel ERWIN, Venice, CA (2015)

GROUNDWORK HOLLYWOOD, 1501 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 (2014-15)



APA LA Off The Clock, Helms Bakery, TBWA\Chiat\Day, DEUTSCH (2013)

APA LA Off The Clock, Helms Bakery, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Crispin Porter + Bogusky (2012)

BLAST, Laguna Beach, Solo Exhibition (2012)

Flying Saucers, Santa Monica, Group Exhibitions (2010, 2011, 2012)

Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, Group Exhibition „The Art Of Photography Show“ (2010)

The Kensigton Cafe, San Diego, Group Exhibition „Young Man/Old Man“ (2010)

Novel Cafe, Santa Monica, Solo Exhibition (2010)

Flying Saucers, Santa Monica, Solo Exhibition (2010)

Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, Group Exhibition „SnapFlash“ 6th Annual All Photography Show (2009)

Group Exhibitions at the AOP Gallery and at Sadler's Wells (1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009)

Maddox Arts,London, Group Exhibition „VIVA LOLITA" (2008)

Decima Gallery, London, Group Exhibition (2008)

The Old Bakery, London, Solo Exhibition (2006)

National Portrait Gallery, Group Exhibitions (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005)

Marmelade, London, Group Exhibition (2002)

The Fox Reformed, London, Solo Exhibition (2001)

Cable Street Gallery, London, Group Exhibition (2000)



Jens was awarded First Prize for his image

TOKYO

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from close to 8,000 images submitted:


The 60 finalist images were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square :

...[Jens'] early efforts focused exclusively on his other childhood passion - cars. "As a kid, I must have taken thousands of pictures of cars", he recalls. "Perhaps that's why I love Jaques-Henri Lartigue. I had the same youthful obsession with photography and automobiles."

As a teenager, Lucking was torn between car design and photography as a career, eventually opting for the latter - much to his parents' disapproval. Their displeasure increased when, after training in Germany, he moved to London in 1996.

 "I took all my savings, said my goodbyes and headed for the UK",explains Lucking [...]. "Six months later, all the money was gone and my parents were nagging at me to come home and get a proper job." Deciding to stick it out, Lucking was thrown a lifeline when he "hassled" car photographer Chris Bailey  into hiring him as an assistant - a job that brought him financial stability and the opportunity to indulge his twin passions once more. While continuing to shoot ad campaigns for clients in the UK and overseas, Lucking now devotes more time to non-commercial work...

Since the above interview [THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2004 - SPONSORED BY SCHWEPPES], his photographs have been published around the world, auctioned by British auction house Sotheby's and exhibited in numerous prestigious galleries. Jens has been invited to judge photographic competitions and publicly speak about his work to inspire a new generation of photographers.

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After moving to the US in 2009, he has shot for various advertising clients, including a national advertising campaign for Pfizer and an international ad campaign for Dreamworks/FUHU, a collection of rare collector's cars for leading classic car auction house RM's Pebble Beach/Monterey display and exhibited in a number of Southern California galleries. His image LEANING AL was selected for the Art Of Photography Show 2010. One hundred eleven photographs were chosen by Natasha Egan - Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago - from 13,692 submitted.



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His image of multiple-award-winning Italian greyhound Ranger was  chosen for the APA Off The Clock 2012 exhibition which has just returned  from various exhibitions hosted - among others - by two of the leading advertising agencies: TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles and Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder. Selected by Gordon Baldwin, curator of photographs, J. Paul Getty museum.


Jens still kinda likes cars. Here are a few more: www.automotivephotographer.us