Manuel is a photographer, born 1993 in a small town in the alpine foothills of Southern Germany.
Through skateboarding he was quickly fascinated in photography and filming by a young age.
In 2013 he collaborated with Diesel and released a limited edition print tee and got his first solo exhibition of his own works in Cologne, Germany.
He is now based in Munich, Germany, where he studied Photography and received his BA at the University of Applied Sciences.
His work mainly focusses on portraiture and documentary and has been featured on e.g. Zeit, Vice, Vogue, AD, Monocle, Dummy… His clients include Carhartt WIP, Condé Nast, Weekday, Diesel.
Where are you from and where are you living now? Tell us a little about both?
I was born 1993 in a small town near the Bavarian Alps, where I also grew up. When I turned 18 I moved to Munich to work as an assistant in a photography studio – later on I started studying photography in Munich, where I received my BA in 2018. Since then working as a freelance photographer.
How do you feel that skating influenced your decision to get into photography?
Me and my friends formed a small team / skate brand back then and taking pictures and filming footage just felt very natural, so we did that all the time. I really enjoyed traveling around and creating with no pressure. We were mostly skating in the streets, so we we’re always searching for new interesting spots in different cities.
You’ve shot and worked for some very notable publications and clients, do you have a favorite, is there something / someone you would love to shoot for?
I definitely won’t forget my last assignment for FT Weekend Magazine. I was asked to shoot a Covid19 story and was able to take pictures inside an intensive care unit at a german hospital with infected patients. I’m thankful for all these opportunities and experiences I get through photography. I learned a lot.
What is it that draws you to portraiture and documentary photography?
Portraiture always was my favorite field. I enjoy getting to know all kinds of people when taking portraits. It can be a very intimate and challenging process, I think I like that the most about it.
What is your preferred format?
Right now it’s digital. 5D.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2020?
Hopefully being able to travel again to work on personal projects. I definitely want to go back to Kyiv for some time to continue my portrait project there. Also Athens.
Where can we find you online?