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Meet Peter Heck

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Heck.

Hi Peter, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Born and raised in southern Germany, I live alternately in Hamburg/Germany and Los Angeles. It all started with a small Voigtländer camera my father gave me when I was 10 years old. I was immediately hooked and dived in into this world of light and shadow. Later, assisting well-known international photographers and the influence of the Californian lifestyle shaped my photography style and brought me an international photo reputation and awards. On one side, my photography is inspired by subculture, music and garage scene and, on the other side, it is shaped by the high standards of international advertising photography. The spectrum of my work ranges from plain precision to cool Rock’n’ Roll. Always connected with a boundless passion for the people around me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Digitalization has brought many new possibilities to photography. Not only, that there has been a rethink, it has completely repositioned the field of photography. A lot of things where suddenly possible that previously had to be laboriously created in the laboratory. Despite all the possibilities, it has also taken some of the ‘life’ away from photography. This soft, real and authentic look that a digital reproduction will never achieve. For this reason, I work partly on analogue systems, albeit on an artistic rather than a commercial basis. A book with portraits accompanies me for a long time and is still in progress.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
The main focus of my work is on the people who breathe life into the stories with their love and passion. I am particularly proud of my good network in LA, which enables me to always tell new and interesting stories. Thanks to my contacts, I was able to realize a unique story with the music legends Brian Auger, Robby Krieger and their sons Karma Auger and Waylon Krieger for the Mercedes-Benz Classic Magazine. Cruising through Venice, Malibu and Hollywood for two days with these heroes and an old MB 300SEL 6.3 – including a visit at the legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go! What a highlight.

After many great years in lifestyle photography, I am now totally hooked by portrait photography. Especially my new love for environmental portraits. With a lot of effort and light, a little special effects, I create a very special mood and atmosphere. Stories driven by dedication and passion, that’s what I and my camera want to tell.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The biggest change from a technical point of view was certainly the switch to digital photography. The associated possibilities have opened many doors to redesign the visual experience and have changed our viewing habits in many ways. Social media and smartphone photography are shifting the imagery even more in the direction of storytelling. Photography lives and changes with people, and constantly reinterprets itself – an endless, creative process.

It remains exciting – Rev it up!

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