I am from the city of Essen and have been working successfully as a photographer for various clients worldwide for many decades.
I took my first photo, in December 1976, as a schoolboy for a local newspaper. My hobby quickly became my profession. I have been working as a professional photographer since 1983. Initially I worked for the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), where I also completed my training as a photo editor.
In the beginning I worked for the WAZ in the local editorial office, and from 1986 onwards I was on the road nationally for features.
I have been self-employed since 1991.
My work includes clients from all over the world, such as newspapers, magazines, book publishers, advertising and PR agencies. Many of my assignments come from the tourism industry (tour operators, hotel chains, airlines, tourism advertising, etc.). Another focus of my work in photography is corporate communication. I take photographs for numerous companies, authorities, institutions, ministries, associations and firms.
More than 50,000 of my pictures are also distributed worldwide by international photo agencies, so that my photos have appeared in international magazines, various print products, books and internet sites over the years.