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Born 1957 in Aachen, Germany Jo studies Literature and Philosophy
at the RWTH in Aachen from 1977 to 1981.
In 1984 his passion for photography takes him to Paris
where he lives and works since as a photographer.
In 1986 he has his first exhibition at the VIVIANE ESDERS GALLERY and soon afterwards
he exposes a slide projection at the prestigious MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in Paris.
Since the 1990s his editorial contributions feature, amongst others, in
FACE, W-Magazine, German VOGUE, ZEIT MAGAZIN, French ELLE, SPIEGEL, STERN ,MARIE CLAIRE., SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MAGAZIN, FRAME etc
In 1998 Jo Magrean has an exhibition at the MUSEUM FUER KUNST UND GEWERBE in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2001 and 2002 he wins 2 GOLDEN LIONS and 1 BRONZE LION at the CANNES INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISEMENT CONTEST.
Jo Magreans unique, very personal and intimate approach to shooting People and his strong vision for natural lighting situations results in very authentic campaigns for advertising clients, such as:
PLAYSTATION, GAZ DE FRANCE, NESTLE, AUDI, EUROPCAR, DEUTSCHE TELECOM (ALICE), R+V INSURANCE , MACSF, DZ BANK, GALLIMARD, OXFORD, HRS…