Lena Herzog

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Lena Herzog
Portrait of Lena Herzog
Lena Herzog
Born Elena Pisetski
1970 (age 46–47)
Ekaterinburg, Russian SFSR
Residence Los Angeles, California
Citizenship United States
Occupation Fine art photographer
Notable work Tauromaquia, Flamenco, Pilgrims, Lost Souls
Spouse(s) Werner Herzog (m. 1999)
Website lenaherzog.com

Lena Herzog (born Elena Pisetski in 1970 in Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains) is a Russian American documentary and fine art photographer.

Herzog moved to Leningrad in 1987 to attend the Philological Faculty of Leningrad University, where she studied languages (English and Spanish) and literature. In 1990 she emigrated to the United States and graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Mills College, specializing in the History and Philosophy of Science. She was also a research consultant at Stanford University.[1] She started taking photographs in 1997 and studied photographic printing techniques with the Italian master printer Ivan Dalla Tana in Milan and later with French master printer Marc Valesella. She combines some of the very early photographic darkroom processes with contemporary techniques to achieve her desired effects.[2]

Her work has been published and reviewed in The New Yorker,[3] The New York Times,[4] The Los Angeles Times,[5] The Paris Review,[6] Harper’s Magazine,[7] El País,[8] El Mundo[9] The Believer,[10] The British Journal of Photography,[11] and Cabinet,[12] among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[13] Pasadena Museum of California Art,[14] Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco),[15] and the International Center of Photography (New York).[16]

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, German filmmaker Werner Herzog. They have collaborated on some projects including a book of stills from her husband’s film Bad Lieutenant which was published by Rizzoli in 2009. Werner Herzog wrote the introduction to Lena Herzog’s book Pilgrims, which was released in 2002.


Articles and portfolio Publications[edit]



  • Panoramas, Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles (2012)
  • Lost Souls, International Center of Photography (2010)
  • The Circle of Bliss, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2003)
  • Reflecting Buddha, Pasadena Museum of California Art (2003)
  • Ensayo, (multimedia show) Yerba Buena Center of the Performing Arts, San Francisco (2003)
  • Flamenco, Foyles Gallery, London (2003)
  • Tauromaquia, Museum of Carruajes, Seville, Spain (2002)
  • Below Zero, Focus Gallery, San Francisco (2000)
  • Black and White Photographs from Andalucia and Shinxiang, Focus Gallery, San Francisco(1998)


  1. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna. "Q & A: Lena Herzog", The Guardian, London, November 22, 2003.
  2. ^ "Lena Herzog in conversation with Lawrence Weschler". June 8, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Frazier, Ian. "The March of the Strandbeests". The New Yorker, September 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Harrison, Kathryn [1], "Book Review - Lost Souls", The New York Times, December 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Wertheim, Margaret, [2] "The Light Stuff," Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2004.
  6. ^ Herzog, Lena & Graham Dorrington, [3], "Airship," The Paris Review, New York, Spring 2008.
  7. ^ Herzog, Lena. [4], "Garden of Rocks," Harper's Magazine, New York, May, 2008.
  8. ^ Molina, Margot, "La fotógrafa rusa Lena Herzog refleja en su libro 'Tauromaquia' el sentimento de la fiesta," [5], Madrid, April 19, 2002.
  9. ^ Cejudo, Andres Marin, [6], "La mirada apócrifa," El Mundo, April 16, 2002.
  10. ^ Weschler, Lawrence. "Lena Herzog [Photographer]." The Believer, June 2011.
  11. ^ Sumner, Dawn. "Spanish Eyes: Interview" [7], The British Journal of Photography, December 12–31, 2003.
  12. ^ Herzog, Lena, [8], "Rhapsody in Death," Cabinet Magazine, Winter 2009–2010
  13. ^ [9], "LACMA News Release," October, 2003
  14. ^ ", "International Buddhist Film Festival Debuts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art," PRNewswire, October 23, 2003.
  15. ^ "Performance Reviews". 2001. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Now Showing: Perspectives 2010". May 21 – September 12, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

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