When I started working as an artist in the early 80s, I didn't have the money for paints and canvases. When the opportunity came up to work as a freelance photographer for daily newspapers, I accepted the offer. With the money I was now earning, I could finally start my own first attempts at art. At the same time, I was excited about my new task of capturing the world in pictures with my camera. The RAF's assassination attempt on Deutsche Bank CEO Alfred Herrhausen, the Schleyer family as victims of RAF terror or the fall of the Berlin Wall are just three of many examples of work from that time. In 1987 I photographed a Kurdish family in a refugee shelter in Germany. Without giving it a second thought, I photographed my first motif on the subject of flight and migration. And it was only a matter of time before I discovered the subject for my art as well.