Genres: Architecture, Street
Philipp Funke discovered his passion for photography in his early childhood. Coming from a family of architects, his interest in the interplay of formal and social aspects was fostered. He studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Macintosh School of Art in Glasgow. In 2006, he graduated with a master's degree.
After ten years as an architect, he concentrated on his work as a photographer and completed further training in visual design with a focus on photography at the School for Design in Zurich.
As a primary motif, architectural content characterizes his work. He analyzes the situations depicted on a formal as well as on a political and social level, often abandoning the purely documentary character of photography and giving the images an intrinsic value by making his original intention visible.
In various group exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland, he mainly showed his large-format works such as "lichen structures", "Nature of Geometry" or "Opening Red Doors". The latter series about the rooms of Enver Hoxha's villa in Tirana was awarded in the category architecture at the International Photography Awards 2021.
Philipp Funke lectured at the University of Liechtenstein, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the Fotoclub Schweiz on various topics of (architectural) photography. He lives and works in New York, Zurich and Berlin.