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Hello, I`m a freelance photographer since I finished my photography studies with a successful graduate work in 1997. I then worked for different German newspapers and magazines and exposed my pictures in several cities in Germany and in some European countries, like Czechoslovakia, Hungary, France, and Belgium. I`m always looking for a way to express myself through photography. If it helps others to see beauty in our world it would mean a lot to me.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Markus. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
People say I have a calm way that relaxes others. It also shows up in creative cooperations with models.
Markus, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started with social reportage feature series about refugees and homeless people who build up their new home with the help of a construction company.
Who is your inspiration in life Markus? How do you keep inspired?
I don`t know if a certain person inspires me but the beauty of women always was a source of inspiration for me and it hopefully always will be. Love and it`s diverse games inspires me, sure.
We all make mistakes Markus, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I still remember when I worked together with two colleagues in a photo studio we rented together around 2011. I didn`t see at this time what was my part to do, to help in the studio to make it work better or simply to also simply clean it up sometimes etc... I think I was too much in my "cocoon" to see what had to be done. This lead to problems which I regret. Showing more responsibility for the studio`s concerns would have helped a lot.
Markus, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I try to take it sportive. I try to see myself as an aid to the clients. If they are sure about which kind of photography helps them best I try to understand them and try to take their point of view. If it`s good I simply work the best I can. I lose less time. If I don`t see any use in their point of view or if I see how to make it better for them I will say it and I am always open for a conversation.
Please tell us, Markus, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I am actually in this situation. You have to follow your workflow and your timeline the best you can. Meetings with others, shootings with others are top priorities because being late their delays their workflow, too...You have to use the automatics certain programs offer you to be quicker. You sometimes have no choice.
Markus, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
When I worked in a collective of photographers about ten years ago I had the idea of creating a large banderole to present the work of us photographers during the Visa pour l`image days of photography at Perpignan/France. I designed this banderole with the best photographies of each one of us. That looked good :-).
Markus, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I showed my work to Thomas Zander, a widely known Cologne photo galleries, due to an exposition of Tom Woods in his gallery, he told me in the presence of several important persons of the Cologne Photo Art scene and Tom Woods himself that he likes my work and that my pictures have a strong intensity. That meant a lot to me because I know that he has seen everything in photography. At that time I was just at the beginning of being a professional photographer. That`s why this accomplishment was so important to me.
Markus, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
It was and it is always exciting for me to try things differently or new. It`s exciting to imagine how a result would look with a certain "new" idea and then to see how close you get to this result imagined. Often you develop something new when you see that it works better in another way. That`s being creative. Most important is an idea at the beginning however simple or complex it is.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
First, the best way to be successful is to liberate your photography from the idea of making a lot of money with it. We are talking about being successful in photography. What is important is solely your style of photography. Share it, make it viewable to as many people as possible. If it`s getting to be a financial success will be revealed later. The other side of the medal is to accept all kinds of photo jobs and to take them all serious and to always give 100%.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for collaborations with fashion brands who are looking for outdoor productions for example.
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