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Joa Czogalla

Joa Czogalla Cameraman Shanghai Asia
Joa Czogalla with assistant Ken Xu at location: Shoot for Budweiser 2014
is a professional lighting cameraman and Steadicam operator from Germany, based since 2005 in Shanghai. He has worked in Germany as a photographer for magazines and for the SWR marketing department. Since 1996 he worked mainly as DOP/camera and Steadicam operator in a wide range of fields, covering news reports, commercials and TVCs (for instance Siemens and Suntech), documentaries (for ARD, ARTE, BBC, CBC, National Geographic, RTL, 3SAT, ZDF) as well as short feature films.
He has worked in locations all over the world, and has participated in such ambitious projects as the documentary about the Peace Nobel Prize awarded UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for ARD (German first public channel) and the documentary 'The Gods Come Home' about 'China's Leap To Faith' for VisionTV Canada broadcasted on CBC and the World Wide Imagefilm for Suntech.

BBC Pop Art

Joa Czogalla at location:Shoot for BBC Pop Art April 2015. Photo Cloud Wang
His work about Art, Architecture and Design ( Norman Foster, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Achille Castiglioni, Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Jasper Morisson, Konstantin Grcic,Tony Cragg, Charles and Ray Eames and others) has been part of exhibitions of The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn and is part of installations in the permanent collection of the "Pinakothek der Moderne", Munich (Germany).


Freelance Cameraman since 1996

Steadicam Operator since 1997


Bachelor of Electrotechnics

Assistant for Advertising Photography

Photographer for Magazines and Newspapers

Art photography

Studies of Film at the University of Tuebingen (Germany)

Camera Trainee at the ECG TV Studio for Advertisement/Frankfurt

Photographer for SWR (SuedwestRundFunk) German First Television Channel Marketing Department

Assistant Operator for Advertising, Commercial and Documentary Film

Cameraman Assistant for the SWR, First Assistant for 16mm Documentary Productions

Specialized in:

Scenic Documentary Films

Educational and Scientific Documentaries

Corporate and Commercial Films


Directing of Corporate films

PADI Divemaster, CMAS 3 Star, Nitrox/Semi-closed Rebreather Diving/Underwater Camera,

DW Endangered Dugongs


German, English, French and basic Mandarin

Experiences Abroad:

Europe, North America, Tunisia, Kongo (DRC), Ruanda, Kenya,

China, Japan, Korea North & South, Malaysia, Philippines


See "Filmography"

Additional Trainings:

- 1997 DVW 7000 Operation, Professional Application (Sony Germany)

- 2000 IFFMA International Film, TV & Music Academy:

- Location Lightning for Film and TV (Instructor: Rolf Coulange, BVK)

- Film Camera (advanced) 35 mm (Instructor: Joerg Geissler, BVK)

- 2002 Steadicam operation (Instructor: Christof Feller, SWR on RIG Master Series Pro System)

- 2005 Editing with AVID Media Composer (Instructor: Juegen Fischer, SWR)