this is intended to be something like a photo blog. besides the complete photostream on the front page you’re invited to have a look at this hand picked ★★★ photo selection or at 12 photographs/year. it’s a pleasure to have you here. i hope you enjoy it!
publications and exhibitions
my photos are published worldwide and have been on public display. ard, berliner morgenpost, bild, bild am sonntag, bz, financial times deutschland, focus, gala, geolino, hamburger abendblatt, handelsblatt, mein hund & ich, msn.com, neue westfälische, rheinpfalz am sonntag, salzburger nachrichten, spiegel, spiegel online, stern, stuttgarter zeitung, die welt, welt am sonntag, weser-kurier, westfalen-blatt, zdf, die zeit etc. side note: this portrait became a full page.
exhibitions: 2003 berlin – gesichter der hauptstadt (translates to: the capital’s faces), spenge. 2003+2004 contribution to traveling exhibition 100 bilder des jahres (gesellschaft für fotografie) [2003, 2004]. 2005 participation in be my lensbaby (and contest winner), monochrom berlin [this photo].
international photography awards 2016: i was awarded a honorable mention in the section special/pets for a set of 5 images compiled from hundeleben.
you fancy the digital darkroom?
yes. imo a raw file is just an interim result. like a film negative. i process every photo manually. in the vast majority of cases a bit of manipulation (cropping, correction or manipulation of colours) is necessary to transform the camera’s into the photographer’s perception. and it can help to support the impression a photographer wants to create.
sometimes i do clone parts of images to strengthen the visual impact (due to laziness it doesn’t happen all too frequent). the resulting images may of course not be considered as truthful or in compliance with journalistic standards.
the photograph next to these lines (taken in maastricht in 2005) received a processing treatment that imo doesn’t raise questions about its truthfulness. images like this one on the other hand are obvious results of heavy manipulation. please be aware that you’ll see photos on this website that belong to the wide range between those poles.
can you share any insights to the business of selling news photos?
nearly none (just a few months of agency experience as a student, primarily assigned to politics). three come into mind:
- another shot from this press conference. it deleted the arm of a person who stood nearby. only the newspaper tagged the published image as manipulated. there’s a wide range in how to inform readers about image manipulation. one weekly newspaper cropped a picture of federal minister jürgen trittin and published it in black and white. a weekly news magazine published
- it is an advantage if you’re able to offer rare material. in 2003 actor larry hagman presented his biography in berlin. image stabilizer technology was not that common then. after mr. hagman surprisingly banned flashes i was the only one who was able to shoot on, because i had packed a monopod. material from that photo op sold significantly better than my personal average.
- sex sells. while material that was considered as well worth publishing by the agency and/or me stayed in their database forever a handful of pictures taken on a bus tour with strippers led very soon to a few double pages.