The "third eye"

It started several decades ago, to be precise it was in 1975, driving the overland route to India in my VW van from Germany, my first Minolta SR-T 303 at hand, photographing the Hazara people in central Afghanistan and the Bamiyan Buddhas, now lost to religious extremism. I’d do roll upon roll, not knowing till I got into the dark room if I had that one-in-a-million, or if the whole lot was spoilt. Years later I found myself in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, South India, photographing the Badagas, Todas and Irulas tribes, and by strange contrast doing interviews with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia, and with the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, and her daughter Chandrika who later became President. I also met and photographed almost all the prime ministers who followed in quick succession the fall of the Panchayat system established by King Mahendra in Nepal... In between  came pictures and assignments from every corner of this fascinating continent.


Now, with digital, I have a wider palette, a greater range of possibilities in the moment. And the people and places that I try to capture continue to inspire a myriad of images. My pictures reflect tradition in the midst of change, conflict and diversity, the young and the very old; habitats and happenings infused with an intensity of colour that speaks from the very heart of the East.


Change has opened new windows on my journey – army camps and landmines give way to breath-taking natural habitats; new roads and wind turbines cross paddy fields where peacocks dance; and coming full circle to some of the places where I grew up, street artists transform stark urban walls into something vibrant and new.


The photographs shown here are part of my picture library of almost 100.000 images.

Please also refer to my website covering my hometown Dortmund

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