Jörg Brüggemann

Jörg Brüggemann is a German photographer, born in Herne in 1979. He studied Media and Graphic Design in Art Universities of Bremen and Buenos Aires. After working as a freelance photographer for the highly prestigious German agency Ostkreuz, founded by legendary German photographers such as Sibylle Bergemann, Ute Mahler or Harald Hauswald, Brüggemann was invited to become an official member in 2009. The series shown here is part of his first project, "Same Same But Different", concluded and exhibited in 2008. For "Same Same But Different" he followed the trail of Western backpackers who invade Asia in search of fun and so-called enlightenment. He described the work with these words:

"For my photo project SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT I went to the places in India, Thailand, Laos and Colombia that are recommended by the so-called alternative travel book guide LONELY PLANET. Here the world's traveling youth gathers to fall in love, experience drugs, ride elephants or just to have a beer or two. Every year millions of young people from first world countries travel the planet taking with them nothing more then their backpacks. These modern travelers are hoping to find freedom, cultural exchanges and a lot of fun. It is a very hedonistic youth that is very much concentrated on itself. Backpacking has become a tourist industry on its own that has developed its very own touristy infrastructure. In some places like Ko Pha-Ngan in Thailand, Arambol in Goa or Vang Vieng in Laos individual or alternative travel is no longer existing. It has been transferred into a different kind of packaged tour."

His photographs have been shown in Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt am Main, Rome, Pamplona, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. Jörg Brüggemann lives and works in Berlin.