What a crazy assigment! A tiny little company in the Eifel gets bought by Tesla over-night. The Ceo goes to lunch and never returns. No information is passed to the people working there, so they hold a press conference. In the local swimming pool restaurant.
I was interviewed by Photogaphie Magazine to talk about studiying photography – with focus on my recent Master Studies at the FH Dortmund and my exchange year at the Danish School of Media and Journalism DMJX.
»Geschäftsmodell Komparse: Sascha Mahlberg ist Straßenkehrerund tritt nebenbei im Fernsehn auf, wo er schon über 200 Millionen Zuschauer hatte.«
Netzausbaureise von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Altmaier nach Nordrhein-Westfalen und Niedersachsen.
Network expansion trip from Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier to North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony
Unterwegs für Focus: Gespräche mit Vertretern der Bundesnetzagentur, der Besuch einer Baustelle der Hybridleitung Ultranet von Amprion und einer Erdkabel-Baustelle von TenneT, Gespräche mit Betroffenen, die Besichtigung eines Offshore-Konverters in Emden, des Fehntjer Tiefs sowie ein „Bürgergespräch“ in Cloppenburg.
I had a crazy morning at the Meiré House, photographing a portrait for Welt am Sonntag about the House <-> Art Exhibition and Mike Meiré. Suprise guest in his underpants - Fischerspooner!
I visited Mike and the awesome rest of the Meiré family in their home in Cologne. The tagline of the story is: „Mike Meiré is the JAY-Z of graphic design“. Known to give Magazines new looks and award winning designs, the Meiré house is an exhibition itself.Read More
My first assignment for Die Zeit in Aachen photographing Africa expert Frank Wiegand in his office at Misereor (German Catholic Bishops' Organisation for Development Cooperation).
Portrait for Wirtschaftswoche
A Rebel Fighter against the state usury interest
Trotz Nullzinsphase stellt der Fiskus säumigen Steuerzahlern sechs Prozent in Rechnung – und kassiert Milliarden. Nun wehren sich die Betroffenen - im Fall von Hans Rieschel nötigenfalls bis zum Bundesverfassungsgericht.
I am very happy to see such a big Portrait of mine in the current issue of Wirtschaftswoche Ausgabe 10 2/3/2018 of Hans Rieschel in front of the Finanzamt in Witten. We spend a lovely afternoon in Witten as Herr Rieschel showed me around in his old Mercedes pointing out historical buildings – ending up at the wonderful Finanzamt, he is fighting against, to make his portrait for WiWo.Read More
Portrait for BrandEins
Fuel cell researcher Detlef Stolten
I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute for Energy and Climate Research, GmbH to photograph Fuel cell researcher Prof. Dr. Detlef Stolten in their IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering facility. To be then published the recent April Issue of BrandEins Magazine. Energiegewinnung per Brennstoffzelle am Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung, IEK-3: Elektrochemische Verfahrenstechnik, im Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH.Read More
COP23 for Liberation
Climate Conference in Bonn
A while back I went to Bonn for the COP23 Climate Conference, to photograph for Liberation. It was a challenging assignment, but in the end, they used a very nice Portrait I am very proud of. The photograph of Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.Read More
Happy to see my completely unpublished work from Bangalore, India as a FotoFirst submission on FotoRoom. Head over there to read a little interview with me.
The Project explores Bangalore, which was once known as the »Lake City«, through its rivers and lakes. It is an essay about water in a rapidly growing urbanized City.Read More
Published at Süddeutsche Magazin
with a rather unconventional Portrait
I photographed Peter Wohlleben before. But I did not photograph his desk. For a special magazine edition, Süddeutsche Magazine sent me to the Eifel to photograph not the best selling author himself but instead his desk, where he wrote most of his fascinating work.
My Cover of Galore Literatur
Katty Salié in the minibib - a "Bücherbüdchen im Stadtgarten"
For GALORE Interview Magazine I photographed Katty Salié, the German TV Host of "Aspekte" at a wonderful location the heart of Cologne. The minibib is a micro library inside the city park. The concept is easy but special: Its based on trust. There is no ID required and no data recorded. Every visitor is allowed to take one book per visit for a loan period of two weeks and the book selection is managed by an editor group. There couldn't be a better place to conduct an interview about literature!
I have to say that was one of the more funny assignments. Photographing Michael Busemann, a Beersommelier, in one of Colognes oldest traditional pubs right underneath the Dom. He and the writer were about to test 8 uncommon micro brewery German winter beers, and of course there were some left overs for me. Scheduled for a max. 2h visit, it got more to a 5 hour stay ending up downstairs at the bar celebrating the interview and photo session with some more Kölsch.
I was very very very happy about the new brandeins that reached me a couple of days ago. No, not only a portrait printed but seven! photographes. Yes you can guess I am excited. It looks awesome!
The story is about the "new mobility - the electric car E-GO life". For that I photographed Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh at the RWTH in Aachen, who is convinced that electronic cars should not be expensive and with that hard to sell. He was involved in developing the E-GO life electronic car, with it he wants to proof that electronic cars can be done diffrently than up to today.
A few weeks back I got a surprising email that lead to one of the most interesting assignments I have ever been called to photograph. I was send to Gelsenkirchen to cover and portrait Yusuf and his family. Yussuf, a now 17 year old radical islamist, is responsible for setting off a home-made bomb in April 2016 outside a Sikh prayer hall in Essen and is ever since then in prison. It was a challanging task but I was still able to make some nice Portraits of his mother Neriman durling a very late night shoot. Can't say I am not extremly proud of the outcome of this.
The full article can be found on the Washington Post website.
Prof. Piller in his Office at the RWTH Aachen in the new Issue of the BrandEins Magazine.
It has been a while since I updated my Works page with a new project. I worked on this project, »Mukhiani « while I was in Georgia for the Kolga Tbilisi Foto Festival in 2015 where I was nominated. It was a ton of fun to reconnect with some people I met here on my very first trip to Georgia. Again, it gave me wonderful memories of generous people in the neighborhood of Mukhiani … and I drank the heaviest Chacha of Georgia. But please look for yourself:
I am super happy to have my second picture in BrandEins 06. June 2016.