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:
- A project collaborating with Creative Director Michael Murphy revisiting imagery from a book published in 1902 has
- led to to an exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of History which will open late May 2018. After securing the exhibit,
- the project caught the interest of international publishing company Arcadia and a book deal has been signed in January
- 2018; the printed book will be available in time for the show opening in May.
- A selection of fine art prints is currently on display at IGNITION CREATIVE
- 12959 Coral Tree Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066
- SOLO EXHIBITION at DOMA, 4325 Glencoe Ave, Unit C8, Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA 90292
- August - September 2017
- 10% of sales proceeds went 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
- Meet me at IGNITION CREATIVE'S Art Exhibition - SATURDAY, March 11, 2017 - 6 PM - 11 PM. RSVP here:
- My ad campaign for Ferrero's KINDER Brand just went up! Yes, they ARE the makers of Nutella :)
- Here is the link to the winning series "Los Angeles Guide" at this year's Communication Arts Photography Annual (art direction by Lisa M. Lewis):
2017 Communication Arts Photography Annual Winner
2016 APA | NY "Give Us Your Best Shot" Finalist
2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual Winner
2016 APA LA OFF THE CLOCK
2015 APA SF Something Personal
2014 APA SF Something Personal
2013 LUCIE Awards/International Photography Awards
2013 APA LA Off The Clock
2010 The Art of Photography Show
2009 AOP Open Awards
2005 AOP Awards
2004 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize
2002 AOP Awards
2001 AOP Awards
2000 Kodak Class of 2000 Award
2000 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize
2000 AOP Assistants Awards
1999 AOP Assistants Awards
1998 AOP Assistants Awards
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
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.
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.
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