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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 dragon-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.


From a 2004 interview [THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2004 - SPONSORED BY SCHWEPPES]:
Jens was awarded First Prize 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,
now aged 32. "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...

Jens has since moved to California and continues to shoot assignments for local and international clients. Over the past years he has been exhibiting his fine art imagery in galleries in and around Los Angeles. His images taken for L.A. Magazine Custom Publishing/Creative Director Lisa M. Lewis have earned him two consecutive Communication Arts Awards in 2016 and 2017.

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.





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