Born and raised in the Harz Mountains of Germany, Joerg was trained and worked as dental technician before moving to Ireland where he herded goats and photographed and painted. After traveling across Europe he ended up in Los Angeles where he attended Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, which was founded in the spirit of the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum became the foundation for his professional life as a graphic designer and photographer.
Joerg graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Photography and Visual Communications and worked for various design firms and agencies in Chicago.
While working as a graphic designer Joerg has concurrently created a series of ongoing photographic projects, most currently Picturing Evanston, which is a celebration of the city’s vibrant arts community and an intimate look at the artists, makers, and artisans who create here. Picturing Evanston is an intimate portrait of some of the city’s creatives and their work and the entrepreneurs, organizers and businesses who support them.