11.05.2012 in15:28 in Old Masters -->
Born November 23, 1944 in Lissa – currently lives in Paris, New York, Arles
Since the 1980s, one of the most-discussed interpreters of fashion internationally. Photographs in black-and-white using a pictorial language that takes its lead from early German cinema and from the free dance of the 1920s.
Childhood in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia). Employed as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department stores in Duisburg. At 18, he moved to Switzerland. Eight months later, he went from Lucerne to Berlin. Evening courses at the Academy of Fine Arts. Hitchhiked to Arles in the footsteps of his idol, Vincent van Gogh. Several months later he continued through Spain and Morocco, a journey that took him a period of two years. Return to Germany. Studied Free Painting at the College of Art in Krefeld (North Rhine-Westphalia). In 1969, while still a student, first exhibition of his work at the renowned Galerie Denise René/Hans Mayer. Concept Art marked his last period of interest in art. In 1971 he turned his attention to photography. Worked for two years as assistant to Düsseldorf-based photographer Hans Lux. As of 1973, freelance photographer in Düsseldorf. In 1978, a much- admired fashion feature in Stern magazine marked the starting point of his international career as a fashion photographer. Moved to Paris the same year. Initially work for Vogue, first the Italian version, then the English, French and German and American ones, later for Marie-Claire, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure and Rolling Stone. In 1992 he signed a four-year contract with the American Harper’s Bazaar in New York. At the same time he handled campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Prada, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein. Portraits of Catherine Deneuve, Mick Jagger, Charlotte Rampling, Nastassja Kinski, Tina Turner, John Travolta, Madonna, Sharon Stone, John Malkovich and many others.