Seven ages of a creative: Christoph Niemann

“There was a moment of doubt when I was maybe 12 or 13, where I thought it might be too crazy, and so I briefly considered architecture,” says illustrator, designer and artist Christoph Niemann. “But then I asked my father about it as he was a civil engineer. He told me that I would have to make models and I realised I was far too impatient for that, so after a two week-exploration, I went back to knowing that I had to do something with drawing.”
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Niemann is one of the most prominent figures in illustration, his images regularly gracing the covers and pages of the New Yorker, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times. The author of many books, he’s garnered both praise and respect with his witty works, known for their simplicity and humour, and his ability to play with visual expectations.
For this special project, we talk to 12 creatives and designers aged 19 to 87 about their experiences in the creative industry, their hopes and dreams, the changes they have witnessed during their career so far, and what further developments they hope may come in the future. Here we talk to illustrator Christoph Niemann, 50

Top: Humboldthain II, 2021; Above: Portrait by Matthew Priestly. All images © Christoph Niemann, 2021