Juergen Nogai was born in Germany. He earned his degree as a Fine Arts Major, and went on to study Film, Theatre and Television Production, which eventually led him to photography. He began his career in 1980, with several gallery exhibitions of his work and created his studio in Bremen, Germany, working with museums, galleries, private collectors, advertising and design firms. During this period he also taught Art, Photography and German Language at the High School level.
His career changed course, when he moved to Los Angeles in 2000, and shortly thereafter began a very rewarding collaboration with Julius Shulman, which was to last a decade. Together they were published in books and magazines, as well as producing countless private and public assignments for a wide variety of clients. Some of their clients included: The Annenberg Space for Photography, The Getty Trust, The Griffith Observatory, the City of Los Angeles, and the National Trust / Philip Johnson Estate, in addition to architectsand privat commissions.
A cover article about Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai appeared in the Los Angeles Times Home section,on March 3, 2005.
On Feb. 21, 2008, The New York Times featured a story about their working relationship while on private assignments.
Sadly, their deep friendship and partnership ended with the death of Mr. Shulman in 2009.
On July 22, 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an article about their 10 year long partnership.
Through their collaboration, they developed a unique style of architectural photography, which Juergen continues in his own work. He is since 2005 member of the American Society of Media Photographers ASMP.
Architecture and Art / Fine Art photography became the main focus of Juergens work in recent years.
He teaches workshops at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, and has lectured at various institutions.
As Julius Shulman often stated that “…architecture is a kind of Visual Acoustics”, Juergen would elaborate by quoting A. Schopenhauer
“Architecture is frozen music.”
In his work he strives to tell the story and convey the spirit of his subject by capturing form and function through structure, color, light, shadow and the people in those spaces.