I was born in Bochum, Germany. I trained at an early age as a house painter. Eventually, I left Germany and traveled throughout Europe and Asia, making my first visit to the U.S. in 1979 and settled in New York in 1984. I then established a photography studio in the Lower East Side where I specialized in portraits, body and fitness photography, stage productions especially opera, and special events. Besides my seven published books, Colors of Men, Between Men And Women, Between Men, Water Moves, The Naked Truth, The Cover Up and Multifaceted, my work has appeared in numerous international publications, including Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Men's Workout, Men's Fitness, Playgirl, Madame, Connoisseur and numerous European publications.