1956 Born, Sursee, Switzerland
1960 Early fascination with everything that emits light and glows in the dark.
1966 Started to experiment with photography at age 10, processed first roll of film in his mother's closet.
1969 Received a SLR as a Christmas present.
1971 Starts taking photos for the local newspaper.
1972 Gets a year long subscription to "camera" - an international acknowledged photography magazine published by Allan Porter in Lucerne, Switzerland.
1976 First trip to the US. Fine print workshop with George Tice.
1979 First image of the series "What appears in the Light"
1980 Opens up his own studio; advertising and fashion; deepens interest in fine art photography; gets published in “camera” magazine
1982 Workshop with Larry Fink in Zürich, Switzerland.
1983 Invited to work with the Polaroid 20”x24” Camera in Offenbach, Germany; his work in the Polaroid Collection
1991 Meets future wife and moves to San Francisco, CA
2000 Starts showing regularly in both the US and Europe.
2010 First experiments with large Cyanotypes.
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1998 Golden Light Award, Maine Photographic Workshop, Rockport, ME
1996 Best of Show, Festival at the Lake, Oakland, CA
1990 Best Poster for Cultural Event, Luzern, Switzerland
1983 Polaroid Grant to work with 20"x24" Camera, Offenbach, Germany
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Solo Exhibitions

2013 BLUES, Smith Anderesen North, San Anselmo,CA
2003 Max Kellenberger - One Man Show, Gallery 16, San Francisco
2003 Max Kellenberger - Selected Photographs, A.C.T. Gallery at the Geary, San Francisco, CA
2002 What appears in the Light, Galerie Kunsthäuschen, Herrliberg, Switzerland
2002 Max Kellenberger Fotografien, Galerie Klubschule Migros, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2002 Mostra: White Shadows, Tutti Edition, Verduno, Italy
2002 Was im Lichte erscheint - Fotografien, Galerie Schenker, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Group Exhibitions

2014 Quietude, Corden|Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 BLUES @ Smith Andersen North, Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Eloquence (with Unai San Martin), Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA
2003 Kellenberger, Scarborough, Tsong,, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray, KY
2002 Personal Viewpoints, Photographic Center North West, Seattle, WA
2001 Two Men Show (with Dennis Wittwer), Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2001 Center Awards Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2000 74 Annual Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
1999 A Vision Honored, Photographic Center North West, Seattle, WA
1996 Honored Artists, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
1983 Polaroid Collection, Nikon Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
1979 Applicants de la Bourse Federal, Canon Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
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Polaroid Collection, unknown
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Anthology: "Rooms". R&K Edizione, Locarno, Switzerland, 1990
Polaroid Selections 2. Verlag Die Photographie, Zürich, Switzerland, 1984
Polaroid Selections 1. Verlag Die Photographie, Zürich, Switzerland, 1982
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1968 - 1975 High School State of Lucerne, Switzerland, Degree in Languages
1976 - 1976 Fine Printing Workshop
  Studied with George Tice
1978 - 1978 Platinum and Palladium Printing
  Studied with Peter Mauss
1982 - 1982 Workshop with Larry Fink
  Studied with Larry Fink

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