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    Administrative Council – Chairmen of the Professional Groups

    Frank Michael Zeidler - Chairman Professional Group I

    Frank Michael Zeidler is a German painter and draughtsman. He was born in Leipzig on 22 March 1952 and grew up in Ulm on the River Danube. He went to the Kepler-Gymnasium (grammar school), where he took his Abitur matriculation examination in 1972. At this time, he wanted to take up acting as a career and did in fact join some groups of independent actors. After serving in the Bundeswehr and completing his civilian service, he became a paramedic and worked for five years in the emergency rescue service.

    Alongside these activities, he began his first course of studies at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, where he studied German language and literature and philosophy. In 1978, he applied to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, HdK Berlin [Fine Arts Academy of Berlin] for a place in the department of painting and graphics and studied under Professors Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Kuno Gonschior and Martin Engelman. In 1982, he graduated from the master class under Martin Engelman and in 1992 began working on an interdisciplinary basis with the composer André Werner.

    In the year 2000, Zeidler and Hubertus von der Goltz jointly founded the Kunsthaus Potsdam, launching the Kunstverein Kunsthaus Potsdam e.V. art association in 2002. Frank Michael Zeidler has been 1st Chairman of the Deutscher Künstlerbund [Association of German Artists] since 2001 and Chairman of the Administrative Council of VG Bild-Kunst since 2010. Today, he lives and works as a freelance artist in Potsdam.

    Lutz Fischmann - Chairman Professional Group II

    Lutz Fischmann was born in Osnabrück in 1956. Since 2001 he has been managing director of the FREELENS Association of Photographers with registered office in Hamburg.

    After studying business administration and management in Hamburg, Lutz Fischmann spent 20 years working as a photo reporter for newspapers and magazines like Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Newsweek, etc. He is, among other things, editor of FREELENS Magazine and serves as a juror on many juries. In addition, he is also a speaker, moderator and author of specialised texts. He regularly lectures at the Faculty of Media and Design of Hochschule Hannover (Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts).

    Lutz Fischmann is an appointed member of the German Photographic Society. Since 4 July 2013, Lutz Fischmann has been Chairman in the Administrative Council of VG Bild-Kunst for Professional Group II.

    C. Cay Wesnigk - Chairman Professional Group III

    C. Cay Wesnigk is a director, author and producer. He studied in the Visual Communications Department of Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts from 1983 to 1988.

    In 1987, C. Cay Wesnigk Filmproduktion was founded with a view to producing feature films, documentaries and experimental films. Since 2000, Wesnigk has been a member of the Executive Board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm (The German Documentary Association). Click here for more information.

    In 2001, he became Chief Executive Officer of Onlinefilm AG, an initiative of more than 120 filmmakers and producers with the aim of taking in hand the digital exploitation of their own films (video on demand) via a joint platform. In 2007, C. Cay Wesnigk became Chairman of Professional Group III in the Administrative Council of Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst and he has served on the Executive Board of the European Documentary Network since 2009.