Born in 1972, Jens developed a passion for photography at an early age, borrowing his father’s Mamiya or his uncle’s Rollei whenever possible. When the latter surprised him with a $5 Agfamatic camera on his tenth birthday, Lucking knew what he would be doing for the rest of his life.

His love for everything photography combined with an obsession for beautiful cars had him traveling around the globe in search of the perfect picture. After training in his native Germany and 13 years of working and exhibiting in London, Jens finally moved to California in 2009. He is now based in Laguna Beach.

His efforts have resulted in a string of awards including: AOP Assistants’ Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000, the Velvia Bursary Award in 2001; John Kobal Photographic Prize in 2000; Kodak Class of 2000 Award; AOP Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2005; AOP Open Award in 2009, The Art of Photography Show in 2010; and the 2004 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize.

Lucking’s photographs have been published in all 5 continents, auctioned by British auction house Sotheby’s and exhibited in numerous prestigious galleries including the National Portrait Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square.

He has been invited to judge photographic competitions and publicly speak about his work to inspire a new generation of photographers.