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ZELLER, Martin


Martin Zeller was born in 1961 in Mannheim, Germany, and studied communications design at the College of Design in Darmstadt. He was awarded the European Photography Award for his first art project (412 - 432, 1990). In 1993, Zeller moved to reunified Berlin, where he created photo works of the stone metropolis with broad building lines (Berlin, 1997). Later he turned his attention to the multi-layeredness of the image (The Transfigured Night, 2002). International prizes and scholarships made projects abroad possible, including Roma (1999) and China Transition (2003). Between 2004 and 2008, Martin Zeller worked in Hong Kong on The Diagonal Mirror, Space And Time In Photographing Hong Kong. In 2008 the resulting work was published by Kehrer Publishing House, Germany and in the spring of 2009, the Museum of Art in Mannheim, Germany, exhibited his large-scale photo works. From 2008 to 2009 he worked for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia as editor and artist on Foodscape, A Swiss-Chinese Cultural Encounter. In February 2010 Foodscape won the World Gourmand Food Book Award for Best Chinese Cuisine Book. In 2011 Martin Zeller was invited by the Hong Kong Art Promotion Office to take part in the Community Photographic Campaign at No.12 Oil Street in North Point. Zeller realized a photographic art project on the historic buildings of the former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. From 2010 to 2012 Zeller worked with Macau artist Sou Vai Keng on The Back Side of the Eye — Reflections on Edvard Munch’s work, painting and photography on rice paper. They have been working on their second collaborative project New Gardens since 2011.