He professionally photographed fashion; in essence, he was more of a portrait photographer, but also a talented technician who always experimented. Later, he concentrated more and more on details, the portraits alone confined to the face, its lines, furrows and shadows. He reduced his portraits to the absolute necessary to give just a hint of the inner being of the sitter. He once said that "sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world … Every often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe."
He professionally photographed fashion; in essence, he was more of a portrait photographer, but also a talented technician who always experimented. Later, he concentrated more and more on details, the portraits alone confined to the face, its lines, furrows and shadows. He reduced his portraits to the absolute necessary to give just a hint of the inner being of the sitter. He once said that "sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world … Every often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe."

Who am I - really?

In times of the selfie and biometric pictures, what about the portrait, the one which reveals something of our personality?

Again and again there were and still are photographers who have enriched the genre of portrait photography with new aspects and, above all, enriched them with their very own visual language. What could be seen of me if I were portrayed by such photographers? Would their visual language dominate the portrait over its real task to reveal something about me?

To reflect on this, I made self-portraits inspired by the visual style of those portrait photographers, who fascinate me most. The resulting images are startling: Is that me? Do the images show facets of me for which I am blindfolded or are they artistic projections of the respective photographers?

Wer bin ich - tatsächlich?

Wo bleibt - neben Selfies und biometrischen Abbildungen - das Portrait, das etwas von unserem Wesenskern offenbart?

Immer wieder gab und gibt es Fotografen, die das Genre Portraitfotografie um neue Aspekte erweitert und vor allem mit ihrer ganz eigenen Bildsprache bereichert haben. Was würde sich von mir offenbaren, wenn ich von solchen Fotografen portraitiert würde? Würden sie unterschiedliche Facetten meiner Persönlichkeit darstellen, oder würde ihre Bildsprache über die Darstellung von mir dominieren?

Ich habe daher Selbstportraits, angelehnt an die Bildsprache der mich faszinierenden Portraitfotografen, für unterschiedliche Interpretation verwendet. Es sind verblüffend unterschiedliche Aufnahmen entstanden, die mich stutzen lassen: Bin ich das? Zeigen die Bilder Aspekte von mir, für die ich selber blind bin oder sind es künstlerische Projektionen der jeweiligen Fotografen?