Cologne | London
My professional, published work as a photographer has focused exclusively on stringed instruments and bows since 1996. I apply the latest medium format digital technology, including a 100 megapixel premium back and refined expertise in lighting, which ensures the highest possible rendering of every image. The critical subtleties of color balance are considered with each representation and worked on with specific software using specialist screens to maximize individual results.
Client data will be treated with strict confidentiality: images will be never published without prior consultation. I work independently and autonomously. I draft a contract specifying the requirements of the client for their review, and proceed upon mutual agreement.
Digital data is not secure until two copies are stored at two different locations. I hire a service which offers highly encrypted 8-TB archives on special data carriers with particularly high long-term stability. The data are archived twice in special vaults in separate buildings in the rock of the Eifel and guarded without any connection to the Internet, 365 days a year. The NoCloud archive is even GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) certified.
I offer three signature editions for those wanting photographs of their instrument or bow. These are vibrant prints on high-quality museum paper that are crafted in-house by me as both art director and technician. Every edition is delivered in a distinct presentation folder including an extensive catalogue of printed measurements and a prepared blank "Conservation report" form. Depending on the edition selected, the number of views, additional detailed images, UV light images, status and dendrochronological reports can be included.
Photographer & project manager for the book “An Iconography of the surviving Oeuvre of Joseph Guarneris del Gesù“. The history of individual instruments is currently being compiled, I have already been able to document a large number of instruments photographically. I will inform about the next destinations for photographing further instruments, please contact me for any questions and consignments. An expected publication date will be announced later.
Project photographer & co-editor for the book publication about violin making in Mantova 1650-1950 in collaboration with Edizioni Scrollavezza&Zanrè and Philip Kass. The publications will probably not appear before 2022, further instruments can still be photographed.
Treasures of Italian Violin Making Vol III „The Carlo Bergonzi 1735 violins in the Baron Knoop Collection“ in collaboration with Edizioni Scrollavezza&Zanrè. The publication is expected to appear in 2021. A date for a discounted pre-order will be announced later.
Opus Antonio Stradivari 450+: an ongoing life-time documentation project
TIVM folders - single printed sheets showing life-sized images of well preserved rare stringed instruments like a small 1773 G.B. Guadagnini viola
In the planning stages are also own booklet and poster editions about a:
- Nicolo Amati 1668 violin ex Cozio di Salabue, ex Marchesi Dalla Valle die Pomaro, ex Fiorini, ex Zellweger
- & about two violins by Antonio Stradivari , the1672 c. ex Sellière & 1717 ex Haemmerle, ex Baumgartner
On a long term: Fiorini, Poggi, The Dolphin Alard project ToIVM Vol IV
Jan Röhrmann regularly travels around the world to photograph rare instruments, bows and collections.
Next to his studio in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne he has also established an independent photo studio in London, Hampstead. Jan is the photographer that museums, collectors and soloists seek out for documenting rare violins, violas, celli and their bows. He has photographed over 400 Stradivaris and 50 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù instruments along with related historical masterpieces. He employs the highest achievable digital photographic standards and a museum level approach to handling instruments and recording their unique details. His work has been widely published and is a primary source of information for experts, dealers, violin makers, insurance companies, museums and private collectors. The precise approach he has developed reveals a richness of detail that is essential for creating a historical record of fine instruments. His images are widely referred to for the issuing of certificates, creating monographs for sales purposes and supporting expertise. Clients are very welcome by appointment.