Photographers, painters, and other visual artists are united in their purpose: to reflect and reveal the world around them. Making sense of the world through pictures is a process that begins in the earliest stages of childhood. As soon as I could hold a pen, I started to draw. The habit stuck, and eventually became my career.

Photography first became a part of my life when my parents entrusted me with a folding camera, which I took on a bicycling tour of southern Germany. At the time, I could afford only two rolls of film—16 exposures, which needed to last me 14 days. The very first photograph I took is shown here. I printed it on baryta-coated ...

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