When and how did you start photography? What drew you to working in the medium rather than anything else?
It actually began in the youth club of our village (Lichtenau), my girlfriend at the time, who was training to be a photographer, founded a photo circle when I was about 19 years old. Interest soon waned, only holiday photos etc. were developed in the darkroom anyway – nothing serious. Later, in my darkened children’s room, I developed at least a few photos from the village. But a more serious occupation began only after I moved to Berlin in 1978.
First in the Spandauer Vorstadt, where I lived, later also in Prenzlauer Berg after founding the photo circle (photo club) of the Kreiskulturhaus Prater. The circle leaders Roland Hensel and, after his departure to the “West”, Jürgen Nagel taught me the craft. In 1978 I realised that my previous profession as an electronics technician could not be the fulfilment for me and I jumped into the “cold water” and quit. After that I worked as a freelance film photographer (still photographer) for GDR television and learned a lot about dealing with actors, celebrities, film crews and people themselves. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, I made the leap into photojournalism. My clients were TAZ, Wochenpost, Spiegel, Die Zeit and many others.