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Born and raised in the Harz Mountains of Germany, Joerg was trained and worked as dental technician before moving to Ireland where he herded goats and photographed and painted. After traveling across Europe he ended up in Los Angeles where he attended Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, which was founded in the spirit of the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum became the foundation for his professional life as a graphic designer and photographer.

Joerg graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Photography and Visual Communications and worked for various design firms and agencies in Chicago. Currently he is leading an interdisciplinary design team at Rand McNally.

While working as a graphic designer Joerg has concurrently created a series of ongoing photographic projects.