About Rouven

Rouven Kurz
Rouven Kurz



Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.

Diane Arbus

Rouven Kurz is a street photographer from Cologne who creates a noir atmosphere by capturing isolated people in the tangle of the metropolis, leading viewers into a world of light and shadow.

He senses connection between the structural elements of a metropolis and the countless people who pass through it. Each one of them has his own chronicle, while the architecture forms a constant backdrop. Rouven Kurz has an eye for the unique moment when geometry, light and random movements of unknown people collapse into a harmonious composition. The scenes are unrepeatable, but the isolated portrayal of the people and the immense negative space inspires people to keep imagining their own story.

In contrast to these black and white images, the color series is a freer approach to distilling fascinating scenes from the everyday. He experiments with different colors and textures to make his images more vivid and expressive. He plays with the idea that photography is an art form that not only depicts reality, but also abstracts, interprets and transforms it.



Cologne, Germany | March 4th to 19th 2023
Sixth edition of the black and white only exhibition schwarzweiss by K49.

The Stage Gallery

Bonn, Germany | February 9th to 18th 2023
Inaugural exhibition of The Stage Gallery in Bonn after some successful years in Cologne.

Photosynthesis Photography Center

Sofia, Bulgaria | August 1st to 15th 2019
Street photography exhibition in the art-café gallery of Photosynthesis


Venice, Italy | June 14th to 16th 2019
Group exhibition at the Venice Biennale on the antique Pallezo Ca’ Zanardi, run by the local ITSLIQUID group.


Docu Magazine
Best of Documentary & Street Photography #15, 03/2023

Street Photography Magazine
Street Shooters of the Month, 12/2020

Editors Selection #54, 09/2020

The Pictorial List
Pictured Interview, 03/2020

Urban Street Photo Gallery
U R Urban Contest, 02/2020