Born to an Anglo-Irish mother and a Sudeten-German father in Wiesbaden, Germany, Scholz grew up in a bilingual family home, dividing his time between Ireland and Germany. After his formative years, Scholz studied photography at the Technological University Dublin (TUD) under the tutelage of Dr Anthony Haughey, developing a keen interest in visual narratives. Scholz then relocated to London, United Kingdom, undertaking postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he deepened his understanding of critical and contemporary art-making theories and practices under the mentorship of several Turner Prize–winning artists including Dr Elizabeth Price, Grayson Perry, Mark Leckey and Laure Prouvost. Scholz subsequently trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education, University College London, developing specialist subject-specific skills for teaching art and photography to young people. Since 2017, Scholz has focused his art making on environments which have been affected by human activity, encompassing landscapes affected by, for example, war, pollution, and the climate crisis. Simultaneously, he is exploring and experimenting with alternative and sustainable photographic printing practices and processes, to highlight the need to critically reflect on our daily carbon footprint.
Scholz’s work has been exhibited in Dublin, London, Brussels, and Cologne. Recent exhibitions include Rotlicht Festival for Analog Photography (joint winner), Vienna; Climanosco (invited artist), Schaffhausen; Rotterdam Photo Festival 2022 XL (joint winner), Rotterdam, and PhotoIreland Festival 2022 (invited artist), Dublin and Extraction: Loss and Restoration (invited artist), King’s Lynn. Upcoming exhibitions include FUTURES Photography 2023, Amsterdam.
Scholz has works in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Ireland; NHS Foundation Trust, England; Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom, and Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Belgium. Scholz currently lives and works in London, UK.