About me

My father gave me my first camera when I was 7 years old: an Agfa Rapid with three modest settings: Sun, clouds and flash. First click and I’ll always be grateful to him for that.

Later he showed me the magic transformation of a sheer white paper into a photography in the darkroom. Second click and it never let me go.

Nowadyas Florian W. Mueller is an internationally awarded, exhibited, published and booked photographer. His specialties are architecture, landscape, people, advertising and abstract photography. Since 2013 he is a professional member of the renowned BFF (professional association of freelance photographers and film designers e.V.) alongside big names like F.C. Gundlach, Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon or Oliviero Toscani.
Since 2018 he is a member of the board as chairman of the area NRW.

In 2016, he joined the honorable AOP (Association of Photographers) in London and became a finalist at the 2016 AOP Awards. In 2017 he was a 6-time finalist and won one of the coveted 12 AOP Awards.

His work has been exhibited in galleries in Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Zhouzhou (China), Dusseldorf, Cologne, Athens, Köping (Sweden) and was added to the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, USA in June 2018.

He led the first „Porsche Photography Masterclass“ in Malaysia in 2017 and teaches photography and fine art worldwide.

„Creating pictures with my camera is like tiptoeing into a world beyond visual perception. I try to imagine the space between emotion and reality.“

Film: Hypebeast

Some Voices

„In der von der Psychoanalyse beeinflussten aktuellen Philosophie spricht man hier davon, dass uns das Bild anblickt; wir sehen das Bild und indem wir sehen, blickt uns das Bild an. Dabei ist der entscheidende Punkt, dass der Blick des Bildes unser blinder Fleck im Bildfeld ist. Das was wir nicht sehen, blickt uns an, macht etwas mit uns und verändert auf diese Weiseunsere anfänglich ungetrübte Seherfahrung.
Und genau diese blinden Flecken und unmöglichen Punkte sind das wesentliche Arbeitsfeld von Florian W. Müller.
… Insgesamt sind seine Arbeiten eine Herausforderung fĂĽr den Geist und das Unterbewusste. Sie lassen sich irgendwo zwischen digitalen Collagen und der Konzeptkunst verorten und liefern einen erstaunlichen Beitrag zur zeitgenössischen Fotografie.“

Florian Mueller’s work occupies a space between memory and reality, between physical potential and impossibility. His photography reaches for these spaces through the use of vintage cameras, meticulously studied techniques, and digital processing which together produce pieces that seem both familiar and reminiscent of the future. Mueller’s palette in particular leans towards dreamy scenes occupied by a cast of mysterious characters. In his more abstract work, Mueller uses superimposition and a blurring of boundaries to convey the same sense of puzzling mystery left for the viewer to unravel.

A recurring theme in Mueller’s work is the creation of abstract images from landscapes and structures. In this regard, Mueller’s role is between painter and architect, taking imperfections from raw images and forming them into new worlds. The physical transparency of these alterations belies their thematic opacity, which encourages the viewer to pause and piece together Mueller’s process. Mueller obliges in revealing the emotional heart of his work, as he skillfully melds moments of mystery and intrigue with flourishes of contrasting colors and the intersecting lines of his superimposed structures.

Press release Agora Gallery, New York, March 24th 2016

Photography aesthetics, are the manifestations of a photographer’s internal practice, focusing on turning observations and understandings from outside, into „framed images“ of different creative inspirations in hearts. Photographer Florian Müller has been shuttling around the world through the lens of observation, his passion for art has never receded. Through his works, we can peek into the phenomenon oft he re-occurring eternal dynamics… … It is because of this perseverance towards photography art, that he has created masterpieces through his lens.

Precious Magazine, Kong Kong, October, 2015

“New Era fortifies Porsche’s vision of the future. We highlight the complexities between reality and dreams through the works of commissioned artist, Florian W. Mueller. His series, Multivision, applies his signature abstract style to create multi-layered pieces of superimposed Porsche cars against Shanghai’s cityscape, engaging viewers to unravel the endless possibilities of Porsche.”

Porsche China Press Release, Photofairs Shanghai 2018

“Florian W. MĂĽllers Arbeiten sind immer ĂĽberraschend., immer anders. Seine Lust am Experiment, gemixt mit dem SpaĂź am Unkonventionellen und gewĂĽrzt einem Hauch Anarchie machen seine Arbeiten aus.
Dabei bedient er sich der verschiedensten Sujets, springt zwischen Architektur- Landschafts und Stilllife-Fotografie hin und her, zitiert mal die Kunstgeschichte, mal andere Fotografen oder mal gar nichts, wandert fotografierend durch Wald, Aquarium und Großstadtdschungel ebenso wie durch die Möglichkeiten der digitalen Bildwandlung.
Was im Endergebnis auf den ersten Blick wie ein fröhliches Chaos daherkommen könnte, ist aber ebenjenes genau nicht. Florian W. Müllers Arbeiten sind eine emotionale, spontane und intelligente Reaktion auf die überflutende und satte Bilderwelt der Jetztzeit.
Aber nicht nur das: Seine Bilder sind – verpackt in sehr ästhetisch und wunderschön anzuschauende Bildern – Kommentar, Zeitgeist und Standpunkt zugleich.”

Edda Fahrenhorst, Curator Fotogloria

Prince House Gallery

„In der von der Psychoanalyse beeinflussten aktuellen Philosophie spricht man hier davon, dass uns das Bild anblickt; wir sehen das Bild und indem wir sehen, blickt uns das Bild an. Dabei ist der entscheidende Punkt, dass der Blick des Bildes unser blinder Fleck im Bildfeld ist. Das was wir nicht sehen, blickt uns an, macht etwas mit uns und verändert auf diese Weiseunsere anfänglich ungetrübte Seherfahrung.
Und genau diese blinden Flecken und unmöglichen Punkte sind das wesentliche Arbeitsfeld von Florian W. Müller.
… Insgesamt sind seine Arbeiten eine Herausforderung fĂĽr den Geist und das Unterbewusste. Sie lassen sich irgendwo zwischen digitalen Collagen und der Konzeptkunst verorten und liefern einen erstaunlichen Beitrag zur zeitgenössischen Fotografie.“

Agora Gallery, NY

Florian Mueller’s work occupies a space between memory and reality, between physical potential and impossibility. His photography reaches for these spaces through the use of vintage cameras, meticulously studied techniques, and digital processing which together produce pieces that seem both familiar and reminiscent of the future. Mueller’s palette in particular leans towards dreamy scenes occupied by a cast of mysterious characters. In his more abstract work, Mueller uses superimposition and a blurring of boundaries to convey the same sense of puzzling mystery left for the viewer to unravel.

A recurring theme in Mueller’s work is the creation of abstract images from landscapes and structures. In this regard, Mueller’s role is between painter and architect, taking imperfections from raw images and forming them into new worlds. The physical transparency of these alterations belies their thematic opacity, which encourages the viewer to pause and piece together Mueller’s process. Mueller obliges in revealing the emotional heart of his work, as he skillfully melds moments of mystery and intrigue with flourishes of contrasting colors and the intersecting lines of his superimposed structures.

Press release Agora Gallery, New York, March 24th 2016

Precious Magazine

Photography aesthetics, are the manifestations of a photographer’s internal practice, focusing on turning observations and understandings from outside, into „framed images“ of different creative inspirations in hearts. Photographer Florian Müller has been shuttling around the world through the lens of observation, his passion for art has never receded. Through his works, we can peek into the phenomenon oft he re-occurring eternal dynamics… … It is because of this perseverance towards photography art, that he has created masterpieces through his lens.

Precious Magazine, Kong Kong, October, 2015

PORSCHE China

“New Era fortifies Porsche’s vision of the future. We highlight the complexities between reality and dreams through the works of commissioned artist, Florian W. Mueller. His series, Multivision, applies his signature abstract style to create multi-layered pieces of superimposed Porsche cars against Shanghai’s cityscape, engaging viewers to unravel the endless possibilities of Porsche.”

Porsche China Press Release, Photofairs Shanghai 2018

Fotogloria

“Florian W. MĂĽllers Arbeiten sind immer ĂĽberraschend., immer anders. Seine Lust am Experiment, gemixt mit dem SpaĂź am Unkonventionellen und gewĂĽrzt einem Hauch Anarchie machen seine Arbeiten aus.
Dabei bedient er sich der verschiedensten Sujets, springt zwischen Architektur- Landschafts und Stilllife-Fotografie hin und her, zitiert mal die Kunstgeschichte, mal andere Fotografen oder mal gar nichts, wandert fotografierend durch Wald, Aquarium und Großstadtdschungel ebenso wie durch die Möglichkeiten der digitalen Bildwandlung.
Was im Endergebnis auf den ersten Blick wie ein fröhliches Chaos daherkommen könnte, ist aber ebenjenes genau nicht. Florian W. Müllers Arbeiten sind eine emotionale, spontane und intelligente Reaktion auf die überflutende und satte Bilderwelt der Jetztzeit.
Aber nicht nur das: Seine Bilder sind – verpackt in sehr ästhetisch und wunderschön anzuschauende Bildern – Kommentar, Zeitgeist und Standpunkt zugleich.”

Edda Fahrenhorst, Curator Fotogloria

© David Schütte

Some Awards

  • 2x Gold at the 2019 Awards of the AOP (Association of Photographers) in London
  • Honor Award (highest Category) at the AIA LA Awards 2019 (American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles)
  • Category Winner (Architecture & Interior) at the Spotlight Awards 2018
  • Best of Category Award & 7 x Finalist at the AOP Awards 2017
  • 3x Gold in the BFF (The Professional Association of Freelance Photographers and Film Creators) magazine
  • Silver at the PR Awards 2018 Singapore
  • Silver & Bronze at the PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris)
  • 5x Silver & 3x Bronze at the One Eyeland Photography Awards
  • Gold & 2x Bronze at the Moscow International Foto Awards
  • Gold, Silver & 2x Bronze at the Tokyo International Foto Awards
  • 2x Gold, 2x Silver & 2x Bronze at the A’Design Award & Competition, Italy
  • Honorable Mention at the London International Creative Contest, LICC
  • Finalist at the Sony World Photography Awards
  • 3x 1., 2. & 3. Place at the International Color Awards
  • 2. Place at the Chromatic Photography Awards
  • 3. Place International Photography
  • 2. Place at the Monochrome Awards

Some Exhibitions

2019

  • “AOP Awards”, 15. Apr. – 31. May, Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, UK
  • “BFF Progressiv”, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, 15. Feb. – 15. May, Zingst, Germany


2018

  • “Curator’s Choice”, Prince House Gallery, Mannheim, Germany
  • “Triebwerk: Reverse Forward”, BFF Group exhibition, Berlin
  • “Timeless”, Porsche Exhibition, Shanghai Photofairs, Shanghai
  • “Shifting Elements”, Solo-Show, Prince House Gallery, Mannheim
  • “Cityscape”, Gallery Blankwall, Athens, Greece
  • “Utopa International Design Exhibition” in Zhuzhou, China
  • “Artists for Cap Anamur – Charity Art show”
  • “Portfolio ShowCase”, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, USA


2017

  • “From Dusk till Dawn”, Triebwerk BFF exhibition, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin, Germany
  • “SICHT WEISE”, BFF exhibition, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany
  • “Maison & Objet Fair” Paris, France
  • “BFF JUMP #4”, Group Exhibition at the “Duesseldorf Photo-Weekend”, Duesseldorf, Germany


Former exhibitions


2016

  • “Agora Gallery”, Group Exhibition, New York, USA
  • ImageNation, Group Exhibition, Paris, France
  • 2x PHOTOKINA, with the BFF and the World Photography Organization, Cologne, Germany
  • Solo Exhibitions Fertighauswelt Cologne, Hannover, Nurnberg, Germany
  • “Colorida Art Gallery”, Group Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
  • “One World” at the Horizonte Zingst Festival, Group Exhibition, Zingst, Germany
  • “Photo Popup Fair”, Group Exhibition with BFF, Stilwerk, DĂĽsseldorf, Germany
  • “Home”, Group Exhibition, Gallery “Made In..” Venice, Italy


2015

  • „Wild Card“, a BFF group-exhibition, Cubic-Studios, Duesseldorf, Hamburg & Stuttgart, Germany
  • EVOKATION, Group-Exhibition with jetztzeit Club, Galerie Art of Buna, Cologne, Germany


2014

  • Konsthall Köping, “Camaverism”, Group-Exhibition, Köping, Sweden
  • Photoszene Festival, Group-Exhibition with jetztzeit Club, Cologne, Germany
  • San Nicolao Church, “Shamal”, Group-Exhibition, Bellano (Como Lake), Italy
  • eFunktion, “Konklusion” with jetztzeit Club, Cologne, Germany
  • See.Me Exhibition Space, “Year in Review”, New York, USA


2013

  • Surface Gallery, “Contemporary Photography NOW”, Group-Exhibition, Nottingham, GB
  • See.Me Exhibition Space, “The Story of the Creative”, New York, USA
  • eFunktion, “Serendipity” with jetztzeit Club, Cologne, Germany

© Kai Hartmann