Max Leitner

Max Leitner came to the US from Germany to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student, his photography began to reflect his interest in the hidden, unexplored spaces and places of this unfamiliar city, and it was there that he first made a point of shooting daily, inspired by Chicago’s architecture, density, and what he describes as the city’s “very specific light, a mixture of sun-filled yellow and reflected gray tones.” For the past decade, Max traveled the United States, primarily focused on urban/lifestyle photography. Max has since returned to his native Germany and continues his photography work with a focus on typically inaccessible locales and haunts of Europe and Asia.

Regarding the editing process, Max admits to strong opinions on the term “filter,” viewing filters as physical attachments to a lens and everything that occurs afterwards on the computer to be a “treatment.” For his own editing, Max prefers to approach the RAW file with Lightroom and then moves to Photoshop to make any further refinements.

Max’s Books

Max’s work has been published in Trope Chicago, the first in the Trope City Editions series, a collection of photography books of cities around the world by today’s emerging photographers; Trope London, volume two of the series, which spotlights the city’s intersections of traditional and modern architecture; and Trope Hong Kong, the third in the series, celebrating the colorful chaos and architectural order of this iconic city.

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