Arno Schidlowski (born in 1975 in Münster, Germany) is a photographer and artist living in Hamburg.
In 2006 he received his degree in Visual Communication from Dortmund University of the Applied Sciences and Arts (Fachhochschule), and in 2013 his Master of Arts from the University of the Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften), where he studied under Prof. Ute Mahler.
His photographs have been exhibited (in Germany and internationally) in solo and group exhibitions and presented at European photography and art fairs (Unseen Amsterdam, Art Paris, Photo London), and are also part of (German and international) collections. Schidlowski was also one of the co-founders of the art space »Galerie Lindner und Schidlowski« in Münster (Germany), where he presented exhibitions of contemporary photography from 2008 to 2010.
Schidlowski´s works, all of which explore his relationship with nature and landscape, consciously address the challenge posed by ubiquitous clichés of the romantic and picturesque. Seeking a photographic approach between uniformity and individuality, his photo series circle around questions about ambivalent perceptions and interpretations of beauty and natural beauty. Observations presented close together in sequence create a poetic compactness that very quickly moves away from an analysis and comparison of what is being presented, instead placing the observer in a meditative limbo. The act of looking becomes one with the immenseness of nature. And anyone who feels disposed to do so may also recognise in the photographs epistemological aspects such as the unspoiled and the accessed, illusion and reality, uniqueness and recurrence, life and transience.
Since 2013, he has been represented by JO VAN DE LOO in Munich, at times in cooperation with other galleries, for example in 2019 with the Photographers’ Gallery London in the exhibition »Arno Schidlowski – Inner Skies«.