My Bio

Jürgen Werkmeister

“Everyone can take pictures. Even a machine. But not everyone is able to observe. Photography is an art when it is used to observe. Observing is an elemental poetic process. Even reality must be formed if you want to make her speak to others.”(Friedrich Dürrenmatt 1921-1990)

To photograph a person means not only capturing his physical image, but to represent his emotions, feelings and moods. A portrait without emotions is nothing more than a documentation and recording of someone’s face. Emotion is what sells portraits. Emotion is what makes mothers cry when they look at photographs of their kids. The photographer must have the ability to go beyond creating a technically and artistically perfect portrait and step it into an emotionally moving image.

Jürgen Werkmeister was born in Santiago, Chile in 1973. Computer engineer by profession and with a german ancestry from southern Chile, since a child he has been linked to art, specifically to music, with advanced studies of classical guitar. The interest in photography started when his father gave him a reflex camera when he was 15 years old.

In 2007 he begins to study photography with the renowned photographer Rodrigo Nuñez and later he continues his studies at the Escuela de Comunicaciones Alpes.

In 2010, he participates along with with renowned Chilean photographers in the exhibition entitled “The Reflection in the Photographic Look” that was held at the Casa de la Cultura in Arica, Chile.

Since then, he has kept working on many photographic and artistic projects.