Born and raised in the notoriously cheery and festive Rhineland. Trained and worked as an optician, traveled the world, discovered his vocation as a photojournalist. Joined Zeitenspiegel in 1996 and remains a free-lancer. Publications include Stern, Spiegel, Focus, Merian, Newsweek, Business Week, and the New York Times. Corporate and NGO clients include Aktion Mensch, Bilfinger, Brot für die Welt, Daimler, Diakonie Stetten, Heinrich Schmid, Menschen für Menschen, Reinhausen, Sparkasse, and Talanx AG.