Marcus Schwier


He was born in 1964 and studied architecture and photography at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. This characterizes his work. Grown or built, nature or concrete, for the photographer it is about abstracting the reality of spaces and how light affects the identity of things. From pinhole cameras to digital medium size format, Schwier uses the full range of technology.

Schwier, a recipient of important art prizes and awards, lives in Düsseldorf and on Lake Constance. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the Museum Schloß Benrath, K10, Düsseldorf, Museum Ratingen, and the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen.

Above all, it is the painterly quality that unites Schwier’s repertoire of themes.  … What one experiences are themes and variations which are all animated by a disciplined, differentiated vision.


David Galloway, late Ordinarius Professor, Ruhr College, internationally renown curator and art critic




Portrait Making of


Selected works


Born 1964 in Düsseldorf

1985-1992 studied architecture at the University of Applied Science, Düsseldorf

1993-1998 studied at the Academie of Art, Düsseldorf, with Prof. Ernst Kasper, Mentor Erwin Heerich, focus Photography

since 1998 free lance photographer with international projects

2007 member DGPh

Exhibitions (excerpts)

Nachtfoyer – 2019 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Ratingen West – 2019 Museum Ratingen

Ravensburg – 2018 Kunstmuseum Ravensburg

Photography – 2017 Museum Schloss Benrath

Rathaus Adieu! – 2017 Museum Ratingen

Home Base. Das Interieur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst – 2015/2015 Kunsthalle Nürnberg, KAI10 Düsseldorf

GruppenausstellungDie Welt von oben” – Die Vogelperspektive in der Kunst – 2013 Zeppelin Friedrichshafen

Intérieurs – 2012 Galerie f75, Stuttgart

Gruppenausstellung round about and straight ahead – 2011 Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf

Europäischer Architekturfotopreis – Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/M.


Awards / Scholarships

Scholarship Citè Int. Des Artes, Paris – 2004 / 2014

European Award for Architecture Photography – 2009

Scholarship Scotland Artes Trust, Shetland – 2005

International DG-Bank Award for Photography, 1. Prize – 1999