Ingolf Timpner (10 May 1963, Mönchengladbach, Germany - 17 August 2018, Düsseldorf, Germany) was a visual artist. At the age of fifteen he began to work seriously with photography. Temporarily he studied philosophy and art history at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. As an artist he was self taught. From 1989 until 1991 he lived and worked in Paris, France.


“De Profundis” (since 1993) shows meticulously arranged photographic still-lifes and portraits inspired by Renaissance and Baroque master paintings. The series “Lichtgestalten” and “Wiedergänger” evolve psychologically complex portraits in the manner of the neoclassicist sculptors Thorvaldsen and Rauch. In his photographs, Timpner combined archaic elements with high culture refinements as a main feature of his art.


Timpner’s work has been collected by museums and public collections including Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Bibliothèque nationale, Paris; DZ-Bank, Frankfurt/Main; Filmmuseum Düsseldorf; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Sammlung Niederösterreichische Landesmuseen, among others.