Ingar Krauss was born in East-Berlin in 1965. He lives and works in Berlin and in Zechin a village in the so called Oderbruch riverscape near the Polish border where he has his studio. After learning a trade, completing his military duty and many years as a psychiatric caregiver, he turned to photography in the mid-nineties. Invar Krauss works in picture cycles centering around portraiture. He became known with pictures of children and adolescents, who he portrayed in a melancholic-meditative manner.
In the series „Migrant Workers“  or portraits of adolescent prisoners in Russia he shows strong empathy for his models. Since 2010 he is working on a series of still lives that can be seen as portraits of natures mortes. These still lives reflect his new working method, which is influenced by an interest in materiality and surface feel. To arrange his still lives he constructs stage-like boxes in which he captures natural light so it becomes a subtle co-actor in his quiet drama. He projects and develops his black and white photographs on a matt silver gelatin paper and manually reworks these prints with a glaze of oil-based paint.

Institutional Exhibtions

Selected solo exhibitions

Ingar Krauss, Guardini Galerie Berlin
Hortus, Orangerie der Anhaltischen Gemäldegalerie, Dessau
New Stillives, Villa Rosenthal, Jena
Natures Mortes, Hôtel Fontfreyde Centre Photographique, Clermont-Ferrand, Frankreich
Le temps suspendu. Une rétrospective, Goethe Institut Paris, Frankreich
San Salvario, Velan Center, Turin, Italien
Youth of Dresden around 2010/Dresdner Jugend um 2010, Technische Sammlungen Dresden
Davao, Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Birds of Passage, Goethe-Institut Riga, Lettland
In Persona, Fotoforum Innsbruck, Österreich
Of the children we know nothing/Von den Kindern weiss man nichts, Kunsthalle Erfurt 

Selected group exhibitions

MIRADAS, Centro Cultural de España - Casa del Soldado, Panama
Frangit Nucem, 3rd Cramum award, Palazzo Isimbardi, Mailand, Italien
Spuren, Fotografien aus der Sammlung des Kunstmuseum DKW Cottbus, Landtag Brandenburg, Potsdam
PORTRAIT, Macro - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italien
WILD - Tiere in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
Heimat? Osteuropa in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg
Wanderarbeiter. Fotografien einer neuen Arbeiterklasse, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg
Dekalog I – Ein Assoziationsraum, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin
Melancholia, (mit Hans Aichinger und Sarah Jones), Klinger Forum, Leipzig
Der Zweite Blick, Städtische Galerie Villa Streccius, Landau
Spannungsbogen Figur und Raum. Werke aus der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum DKW Cottbus
Face to Face. German Contemporary Photography, Dong-Gang Museum of Photography, Südkorea
Little history of photography, Centro Galego Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spanien
This Is Not a Fashion Photograph, International Center of Photography, New York
Male – work from the collection of Vince Aletti, White Columns Gallery New York
Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln USA
Fotografien aus der Sammlung agnès b., C/O Berlin
Nostalgie. L’istante e la durata del tempo, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genua, Italien
Zeitgenössische Portraitphotographie, Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln
Paesaggio con Rovine - Landscape with Ruins, Quarter Progetti, Turin, Italien
Quasi l’infanzia, Palazzo Vecchio, Florenz
Storie Urbane, Settimana della Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italien
Ecce Uomo, Spazio Oberdan, Mailand, Italien
The Children’s Hour, Museum of New Art, Pontiac Michigan, USA
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, USA
About Face. Photography and the Death of the Portrait, Hayward Gallery London und Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Schweiz
La Dura Bellezza, Palazzo della Calcografia, Rom, Italien
Adoleszenz, Fotogalerie Wien, Österreich
John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery London