Jürgen Krönig, OBE, is the president emeritus of the Foreign Press Association U.K. and the German correspondent for Die Zeit weekly. He is the author of The Secret Face of Nature, which furthers the pioneering work of his friend John Michell in the little-known field of simulacra.
Born in Germany, Jürgen Krönig has a degree in Political Science and History. In 1984 he moved to England and now lives in Wiltshire. An award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and photographer, he has been Great Britain and Ireland correspondent for German broadcasting and writes for TV and radio in Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. Since 1990 he has been correspondent for Die Zeit weekly. In 2005, Jürgen Krönig was awarded an OBE for his significant contributions to British-German relations.
Jürgen Krönig first met John Michell in the 1980s. From their many shared interests, Jürgen took on the study of simulacra, which John had opened up in his 1979 book Simulacra, published in the U.S. as Natural Likeness. This is the phenomenon of things looking like other things in a perhaps coincidental but apparently meaningful way: faces in rocks and clouds, spots like eyes on butterfly wings, portraits of people and known symbols that appear spontaneously in nature. A dedicated photographer, Jürgen, together with his wife Katharina, has travelled worldwide to find striking images of simulacra. These found their way into his 2001 book The Secret Face of Nature with a foreword by John Michell.Many galleries of these photos appear on Jürgen’s website: www.kronig.org