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About myself

I have always been fascinated by looking at illustrated books and photos. I started out in the 1970s by taking pictures in and around Munich, where I was born.

In these good old analogue times, it was my father who gave me my first SLR. While at the beginning, I was mostly using colour slides, I got very soon fond of black and white photographs. They allowed me to develop at home and achieve the photo prints exactly like I had them in my mind while taking the pictures. I have always been admiring such brilliant photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, August Sander, Andre Kert├ęsz, Robert Doisneau, or Jacques-Henri Lartigue. Their style and philosophy of black & white documentation certainly influenced my way of taking pictures. Not to forget the great Ansel Adams and his landscape photography.

But it was only after I was overwhelmed by John Sexton's stunning book "Listen to the Trees" that I scraped together all my money to offer myself a Linhof camera. Then, in the early 2000s, the photo labs that turned my large negatives into specialist prints disappeared. This prompted me to turn to digital photography. It allowed me to determine the whole workflow to the finished print myself and not be dependent on anyone.

One day, one of my old analogue black and white photos fell into my hands again. I compared it with a similar digital print and found that the latter could not compete in terms of look, feel and grain. At that moment, my heart returned to analogue B&W photography! I searched for and found old, impressive equipment that allows me to enlarge even sheet film on 250 g baryta paper, and it never ceases to fascinate me, just as John Sexton describes it in a documentary, to see a photo emerge in the developer bath.

I have returned to where I started many years ago, with a little more experience...

The Photographer