SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Sebastian Denz

Photography and Immersive Media – Programme Director Photography


Prof. Denz studied architecture at the University of Hanover, photography and fine arts at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld where he obtained both, a degree in design and a Master of Arts from the Photography Department. He spent several years as a freelance photographer based in Hamburg with commissions and projects both in Germany and abroad. 

A pioneer and expert in large-format stereoscopic photography, Denz receives invitations as a guest artist and lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute, Filmschool Łódź, Berlinale et al. His works are in art collections and are represented at international exhibitions and art fairs. 

Since 2011, he has been a professor of photography at the former design akademie berlin, SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design. Between 2012 and 2019 he was chairman of the board of examiners, department of design. He developed three photography degree programs: B.A. Fotografie (German), B.A. Photography (English) and M.A. Photography (English). Since October 2019 Prof. Denz is Program Director Photography at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences. 

Selfportrait with large-format-stereo-apparatus ‘Rex’—Gilde 3D 8x10 S, No. 001 © Sebastian Denz, 2011

Research / Artistic Foci

Since 2012, Prof. Denz has maintained a lively and continuous university partnership with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, 3IT – Innovation Centre for Immersive Imaging Technologies, Berlin. This includes regular excursions with students, prototype tests and exhibitions of student work (3IT, re:publica).

As part of Erasmus+ and Promos programes, Denz undertakes annual excursions abroad with students and initiates various international university exchange programes.

Prof. Sebastian Denz focuses his research on photography and immersive imaging technologies and their application in the artistic field. Together with his friend, the ophthalmologist Dr. Kurt Gilde, he developed various stereoscopic camera prototypes in a large format of 8 x 10 inches. Denz is especially interested in the various modalities of “space” as a human system of reference, and its depiction in three-dimensional processes. In artistic activities he seeks out his motifs in urban civilization’s subcultures, which has its own signs, modes, and rituals. One of his recurring themes are so-called "postvirtual spaces", that oscillate between the continual and the digital, the natural and the artificial.