Jan von Holleben lived most of his youth in an alternative commune and identifies a strong connection between the development of his photographic work and the influence of his parents, a cinematographer and child therapist.
At the age of 13, he followed his fatherâ€™s photographic career by picking up a camera and experimenting with all sorts of â€žmagical tricksâ€œ, developing his photographic imagination and skills with friends and family and later honing his technique in commercial settings.
Jan von Hollebenâ€™s work has been exhibited internationally and published widely throughout the world. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, â€˜Child-Historyâ€™ and concepts of â€˜Playingâ€™, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories.
Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced â€˜Dreams of Flyingâ€™ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany â€“ ongoing!