Thomas Hackenberg was born in 1963 and lives in the German city of Braunschweig.
"For me, a good street photo must be made candidly, captivate me at first glance and make me want to take that second look – like wanting to read a poem twice. It must raise more questions than provide answers. I like photos that tell a story in a single image, and I particularly adore humorous and quirky pictures and visual puns in everyday life. When I am out on the streets, I like chasing for the offbeat, on a quest to find some extravaganza in the ordinary, some fun element, some beautifully layered scene, some fleeting moment.
I also like ordinary, though beautifully layered pictures which tell a story from the left- to the right-hand corner of the image. Any interesting scene that hits my eye, observed moments from the great theatre of street life that might only exist for a split second and then they’re gone forever. Triggered by a colour, a human gesture, a noise, an interplay of foreground and background. I love these special moments, so rare and so elusive, when all things fall into place and a good picture emerges – sometimes foreseeable, sometimes sheer serendipity (which comes to those who work hard and shoot a lot).