Max Eicke (b. 1990 in Tübingen, Germany) is a multidisciplinary artist who uses photography, archival material, text and film to explore human agency, taboos, social relationships and the photographic in equal turns. Through a wide span of artistic practices, Eicke examines issues related to identity, secrecy and morality. His works and artist’s books have been shown internationally including at Les Rencontres de Arles, PHotoEspaña, Athens Foto Festival at the Benaki Museum, Münchner Stadtmuseum (all 2017), Back Room Gallery London (2016), Kulturhalle Tübingen (2016) and Lothringer Halle 13 in Munich (2015). Formally trained in photography, Max Eicke holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK).


Selected Exhibitions



Suture, Goethe-Institut, Paris, France

Graduate Show, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany

Short Dated, Galerie Stephanie Kelly, Dresden, Germany

Extended Play, Atelier Nebe, Cologne, Germany (with Gabrielle Vitollo)



Annual Exhibition, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany



Young PhotoBook, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, halle267, Braunschweig, Germany

Abendstund hat Gold im Mund, Limbo Limbo, London, UK

Annual Exhibition, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany



The 2017 Book Awards, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Atelier de la Mécanique, Arles, France

I Book Show, Taiga, St. Petersburg, Russia

Spanish National Library‘s exhibition, PHotoESPAÑA 2017, Madrid, Spain

Photobook Show, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

I Book Show +, The Brighton Studio, Brighton, England

No secrets! – Bilder der Überwachung, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany (catalog)



15th FELIFA 2016, FoLa – Fototeca Latinoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Performing Secrecy, Kulturhalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (solo)

Duplicities, Peckham24, Photo London, Back Room Gallery, London, England (with Alice Bucknell)

Bojen, Farbenladen, Munich, Germany



Fotoistanbul, Dummy Award, Istanbul, Turkey

Photobook Week Aarhus, Dummy Award, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Encontros da Imagem, Dummy Award, Braga, Portugal

Fotobok Gbg 15, Dummy Award, Göteborg, Sweden

Fotobok Festival, Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

Kaunas Photo, Dummy Award, Kaunas, Lithuania

PhotoIreland, Dummy Award, Dublin, Ireland

IED, Dummy Award, Madrid, Spain

Fotoleggendo, Dummy Award, Rome, Italy

7. Int. Fotobookfestival Kassel, Dummy Award, dokumenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany

NEU NEU NEU, Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany


Awards & Grants


2018 Exhibition Exchange, Goldsmiths University/HfbK Hamburg

2018 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Shortlist

2017 Die Schönsten deutschen Bücher 2017, Stiftung Buchkunst

2017 Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d‘Arles, Shortlist

2017 Moscow International Foto Awards, Documentary Book

2016 Universitätsstadt Tübingen, Project Grant

2015 Erasmus+ Grant, London

2015 International Dummy Award, Fotobookfestival Kassel, Shortlist

2015 Project Grant by the Lucile-Grahn-Stiftung




UK Leather & Fetish Archive, Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Biblioteca Somosturma, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum Leipzig, Germany

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain

Hellenic Centre for Photography Library, Athens, Greece

Reminders Photography Stronghold, Library, Tokyo, Japan

Private Collections