Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

‘I was always moving between two points of tension: concentrating on the inner dimension and feeling my way towards the external viewpoint. Architecture is a symbolic form that withstands all exertions. The house: a symbol engaged in a lifelong dream of discovering an “inner dwelling”, a “shelter”, a place of refuge.’ 

born 1938 in Berlin, Germany, Lives and works in Düsseldorf. 

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War – an era defined by new borders in Europe and elsewhere. Since the 1970s, she has sought out places of transit and borderlands, locations geographically and politically caught up in a state of in-between. She studied journalism at the Institute für Bildjournalismus in Munich from 1959–1961. In 2016 she received the Aimia/AGO Photography Prize from the Art Gallery of Ontario and won the Catalogue of the Year award at the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards for ‘The Land In Between’ in 2018.

Schulz-Dornburg’s work features in the collections of the Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, DE; The Art Institute of Chicago, US; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Tate Modern, London; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los An- geles; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; NY Public Library, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C..

selected exhibitions:
MEP, Paris, FR (2019/20); British Museum, London, UK (2018); Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, DE (2018); Tate Modern, London, UK (2013 and 2014); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE (2006); IVAM – Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, ES (2002).

Financial Times Magazine: ‘Gallery, Photograph by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’, Josh Lustig, 24/25 June 2023

Architectural Design: ‘As If Without Time: The Nuclear Twilight Zone’, Matthias Bärmann, 30 June 2023