I am an architect, with a master in sociology and PhD in urban geography. I studied photography nearly 40 years ago. I have been working as researcher about urban studies for United Nations (UN-Habitat) in the last 20 years.
Currently, I am preparing a book of photography entitled “The Streets of the World’s Cities in Images” with short narratives accompanying the photos. I have authored 5 books on culture, social studies and urban development. I am an art collector, and last year I published a book of African Art with some of my pictures named Wooden Dreams: East African Headrests (https://www.amazon.de/Wooden-Dreams-African-Headrests-Collection).
In the last 3 years, I returned to photography with enthusiasm and decision. Some of my pictures have been published in UN books and reports. Recently United Nations in Kenya organized a photo exhibition entitled “University of Garissa: A History of Hope and Change”. I got 17 honorable mentions for the International Photography Awards 2016.
The Gallery Transient organized a solo photo exhibition of my pictures in May 2017 entitled Open Classrooms Close the Door to Terrorism.
In June 2017, I was distinguished by the Director’s Award 2017 of the Cartier-Bresson Passporte Prize in Street Photography with additional 6 photo nominations (http://www.thepassporte.com/2017-cartierbresson-passporte-award). Several of my pictures (17) were nominated for the International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition 2016.
I am 60 years old and planning to return full speed to the photography world. Throughout these years, I have developed the eye, technique and knowledge to become a great photographer and age is certainly on my side.