German Herrera

(b. 1957, Mexico City)


The first of five siblings in a family of psychologists, German inherited his love for photography from his maternal grandfather and an interest in music from his father and maternal grandmother. In 1978, he traveled to California to study photography and became interested in Afro Cuban drumming. In 1980, he returned to Mexico and devoted himself to music and commercial photography. In the late 1980s, Herrera traveled to Cuba, where he produced his last body of documentary work, then stopped working with the camera for eleven years. His interest in spirituality took him to India where he spent six months. This period led to a process of self-investigation and included two years of training in Core Energetics (a Neo-Reichian mode of psychotherapy), which contributed fundamental information to his current form of image making. In 2001, Herrera returned to photography, simultaneously discovering the complex potential of the digital environment as a creative tool.


Herrera was recipient of an Artist Residency at the De Young Museum in San Francisco in 2006. He is also the recipient of two Marin Council grants and has been nominated for the Eureka Awards, granted by the Fleischhacker Foundation.


His work has been exhibited in North and South America as well as in Europe, and is part of the permanent collections of the Bolinas Museum, California); Green Library at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Harry Ransom Research Center, Texas; Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego, California; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Zoellner Arts Center (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), among others.       


He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife and two cats.