Gerhard Illig Photography
Gerhard Illig Photography


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Design Driven Photography

Gerhard Illig studied Communication Design in Würzburg. As an Art Director, he has worked for several global players like McCann Erickson, Tessloff Publishing and Publicis as well as for local operating companies.

He got his first camera as a 9-year-old boy. At age 13, he bought his first reflex camera. Since then, a camera was always next to him – essential as a design student. In his years as an Art Director, he was responsible for several large shootings. He toured with international photographers and gained a lot of knowledge.

In 2005, he decided to run his own business as a strategic designer for corporate and advertising tasks. Since then he didn’t consider himself a photographer. However, an increasing number of clients asked for photography besides his design and consultancy skills. So he took the chance and got more and more into it.

Furthermore, he was teaching Design and Typography at the FAU in Erlangen.

His work is well recognized and won awards like Graphis Poster Annual Gold and Silver, Graphis Photography Annual Gold and Silver, amongst others.

Portrait Photo: Thanks to © Ulli Fischer, Villach, Austria

Recent Projects
Nuremberg’s Reichswald

For some years Gerhard Illig is strolling through Nuremberg’s Reichswald with his camera, always discovering new favorite spots. Due to it he is recently working on a book.

Spiegelung im Eiseweiher
Der Eisweiher
Flechtenwald an der Sanddüne
Flechtenwald an der Sanddüne
Sonnenaufgang hinter der Russenwiese
Sonnenaufgang hinter der Russenwiese
Abgestorbener Baum bei Zabo
Abgestorbener Baum bei Zabo
Am Schneidersbach
Am Schneidersbach
Am Schneidersbach
Am Schneidersbach
Cycling and capturing the Niederbayerntour

Together wit my son I cycled along the Niederbayerntour from Passau via Landshut towards Regensburg by order of Tourismusverband Ostbayern. Our impressions got published by different formats: Vlog, Slideshow and a magazine story.


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Story telling tourism marketing

Gerhard Illig is currently photographing a series of hosts in rural areas for his client OBS Online Buchung Services in Regensburg. He shoots credible people in a most authentic look.


Since 2018 Gerhard Illig is assigned by the City Council of Nuremberg to take pictures of parks and green areas in Nuremberg. In November 2019 the photographs were shown to the public at the exhibition “Großstadt-Oasen”. A calendar and postcards were released accordingly. 

Großstadtoasen Nuremberg, Schweinauer Buck

A Group Picture in pandemic times

How to create a group picture in times of covid-19? By photographing all members individually – and then composing the group photo. It is essential to plan out the composition thoroughly in advance, as done for the ‚Prio auf Bio‘ brochure for the organic city of Nuremberg.

Recycling of Lime Sand bricks

Because raw materials for the construction industry run short, the need to recycle becomes increasingly urgend. The lime sand brick Industrie is facing the situation – I luckily follow with my camera.

Show your Factory from above

For representing purposes drone images of your factory are an appropriate tool.

Online Booking Services OBS Not only Cares for hosts but recently also for Adventure Companies

Gerhard Illig went for a testimonial shooting to the SANShine-Camp at Brombachsee. The whole Team obviously had fun.

POrtrait of a Singer-songwriter

Manfred Rehm is a singer-songwriter based at Altmühl Valley. His Songs mirror his personality: straight forward, with strong roots in his native soil, indigenous, socially commited. For the shooting he took me to his favorite places – places for thinking things over, dreaming, writing songs…

Made it to the front page

Sometimes you make it to the cover by accident. This particular image was made for no special reason. It was kind of a sideshot when I was shooting hosts. So I am very happy that this shot was selected as the cover image for the Hosts Catalogue 2021. By the way: It is pretty much worth to look at the catalogue: There are great hosts at the Bavarian Forest.…/65076704

Fine Art Prints Available

On request many of my images are available as fine art prints, mostly limited to 10 pieces. The options are:
_ FineArt Print (Hahnemühle PhotoRag smooth 308 gr.)
_ Foto on Alu Dibond_ Foto in Solid Wood Artbox, Natural Maple
_ Foto im Floater Frame
Price example: Foto in Artbox, Natural Maple
3 Images (Triptychon) á 40 x 50 cm = 800,- €
Single image 300,- €
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