Jann Wilken, born in Eastern Frisia in 1975, studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the Academy of Visual Arts in Zürich (photography class). In 2005, he graduated in Visual Communication/Photography and since then works as a freelance photographer in Hamburg.
He regularly works for the Körber Foundation (since 2006) as well as the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg), the Ensemble Resonanz and the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf. He also published works in newspapers and online media. He is archive photograph for the stock photography agencies OSTKREUZ and NEUE BILDANSTALT.