Arne Cröll was born in Germany in 1957. Around 1981, he took up photography as a serious interest, initially both color (slides) and black and white in 35mm. Since 1991, however, he concentrates on silver-based black and white photography for his personal images. He uses film exclusively with traditional view cameras (4x5" to 8x10"), mostly for landscapes, but also medium format and 35mm.

He is a material scientist by profession, having studied Mineralogy at the University of Freiburg in Germany, followed by a Ph.D. in Crystallography in 1988. In 1998 he moved to Huntsville, AL, where he worked at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on a joint German-US project. In April 2000 he took a position as Associate Professor for Electronic Materials in Freiberg/Saxony, Germany and since the end of 2003 he is again in Freiburg working as Professor of Crystallography. He presently shares his time between Freiburg and Huntsville, and works on crystal growth of semiconductor materials.

The "Crystalscapes" gallery shown on this site was done with a microscope on 35mm film and shows patterns found in his scientific samples. In that series, his professional and photographic interests play off of each other.

All images shown in the galleries are either scans or photos of actual prints.
If interested in prints or in reproduction rights, please use the contact page on this web site.