Biography

Focussing on Photography in Art

2005 to Current

As an advertising photographer, I manipulated the vision of products by setting up lights, backgrounds and decoration for many years. Even retouching the object itself was accepted as helpful until I came up with the feeling of permanently lying to the audience. Today I allow scenes to be as they are and as they are presenting themselves to me and the camera. It's like telling the truth – at last.

Professional Advertising Photo Studio in Duesseldorf, Germany

1983 to 2016

I started my photo studio in 1983 and during 33 years of self-employment in the photo sector, I had the honour of working for brands like Veltins Beer, Nikon Cameras, Canon Cameras, Kilkenny Beer, Guinness Beer, several large mailorder companies, large travel agencies and many more.

Apprenticeship in Commercial Studio Photography

1981 to 1983

Apprenticeship for an advertising photographer and visiting the school of photography in Duesseldorf. I finished as an approved photographer with skills in portrait, advertising photography, printing and developing images in colour and black and white.

Apprenticeship in Audio-Visual Presentations

1980

First professional approach to photography. I was involved in beauty and product shoots for well-known beauty- and cosmetics brands and set up and maintained split-screen slide shows with up to 9 screens.

Academic Studies in Duisburg and Cologne in Germany

1977 to 1980

I was involved in various project-related photographic works like landscapes,  nudes and abstracts.

University Entrance Diploma

1977

I finished my educational school "career" with the German University entrance Diploma after grade 13 called 'Abitur' (A levels).

Drawings, Paintings and initial Photogaphic Works

1970 to 1977

I started taking photos with my father's 6x6cm AGFA-Isolette camera using black and white film and transparencies. Later I started painting in watercolours, oil and pencil drawings but photography was always my preferred medium. 


Memberships:
Uist Arts Association
Society of Scottish Artists
Verein der Düsseldorfer Künstler 1844
Künstlerverein Malkasten e.V. Düsseldorf
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Awards:
Art Directors Club Germany 1991
Audience Award of the 6. Int. Award QQArt ‘time‘ 2015
Aberdeen Artist Society 2018 Apache Prize

Publications:
Calender 2002, MAN Roland
Catalogue 'COLOURS: YELLOW', FjK e.V., Bad Honnef
Catalogue 'Goldstraße 15', ISBN 978-3-89279-669-5
Catalogue 'Paderborner Fototage 2012'
Catalogue 'here and there', ISBN 978-0-9560867-2-3
Book 'StreetLyrics' ISBN 978-91-85765-32-4
Catalogue '17. Große Kunstausstellung' Kulturkreis Gerresheim e.V., 2015
Magazine 'eXperimenta', ISSN 1865-5661, 2016
Catalogue 'urbEXPO 2016', ISSN 2196-6516
Catalogue 'DIE GROSSE' Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf, 2017
Catalogue 'Sea to Sea', 2018
Magazine 'SOGO' Art-Magazine, issue 7 - 2018