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What I do

Since many years I`ve been photographing action and people for advertising and sportswear catalogues.  No matter if it´s in the heat of the desert, in the fresh air of the mountains or in the icy tundra of Greenland.  All climates are my friends.

Who I am - where I live

Now

I am a happy dad of twins, my inspiring sons, and of two wonderful stepdaughters – also very inspiring. Based in Munich with my wonderful wife Vreni, she also happens to be a photographer and is my toughest, but most creative and supportive critic.  Together we are the „A-Team“ of Photography.

Then

I was born and raised in a tiny village along the Mosel river.  At a very young age my bike took me all over Germany, France, the Netherlands  and up to Sweden.  After thirteen years of school, I spent one year in Africa traveling with two of my classmates and my brother.  My dad had given me a camera and some film, encouraging  me to capture whatever attracted my eyes.  This was the moment that fanned the flames of my future photographic career. At Munich university I studied physical education and geography. During that time two classmates and I wrote a book about freestyle skiing. My friends were  the demonstrators and I was the photographer. This early success was the kick start for my career – suddenly I had a name as a ski photographer. The next big step came when I received a call from Philip Morris Germany to cover the so called “Marlboro Adventure”.

This fortunate offer took me to the US for the next 11 years in a row.  Most of my reputation as an action and people photographer goes back to this job.

What I like

Playing ice-hockey on Tuesday nights and Saturdays with my friends is a must. Skiing at Obersaxen/Graubünden in Switzerland and watching my wife and the kids enjoying deep powder snow makes my heart jump for joy. Playing the guitar and singing is pure relaxation. Thank you Neil Young, David Gray, J.J. Cale, Natalie Cole, etc.

The last few years I have come back to the cowboys in Utah, which I had met when we shot the Marlboro Adventure.  Meeting them, being a part of their life for a time, capturing their work, shooting portraits and enjoying nature cannot be beaten.  It is the love for photography and the collaboration with my creative wife that makes me know I am in the right job.