Growing up in Germany, MAX LEITNER developed a love for photography. Throughout the past decade he traveled throughout the United States, living for several years in Chicago, where he predominately focused on trends in urban-exploring and lifestyle.
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 an interest in the city's hidden, unexplored spaces, and he started to make 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 a decade, Max traveled the United States, primarily focused on urban and lifestyle photography. Max has since returned to Germany and continues his work with a focus on typically inaccessible locales in 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 move to Photoshop to make any further refinements.
Max’s work is featured 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. His images are also included in the award-winning Trope London, volume two of the series, which spotlights the city’s intersections of traditional and modern architecture; and in Trope Hong Kong, volume three, celebrating the colorful chaos and architectural order of this iconic city.