You will have come across the works of Berlin based photographer Patrick Wamsganz quite surely as he has portrayed famous German icons like Ben Becker, Moritz Beleibtreu, Eko Fresh or Klaus Wowereit, to name only a few. Born in 1979 in the countryside idyll of the south-west of Germany (Neunkrichen/Saar), Patrick was magically drawn to Berlin after exploring the city in his travels after school.
In 2002, Patrick discovered the works of Helmut Newton whose elaborately staged photo series impressed him immensively, inspiring Patrick Wamsganz to take a closer look into how this photographic work was produced. It didn’t take long until Patrick bought his first single-lense reflex camera, a Minolta x 500. The camera became his closest companion, leading Patrick to stuying photo design at “Best-Sabel” in Berlin, Köpenick. First small scale projects and jobs as assitant to various photographers followed his degree in 2006.
It was due to high-calibre film productions (i.e. Chaostage, Gegengerade…), where he took shapshots and portraits of the star-studded cast on set, that Patrick Wamsganz started capturing almost any German film-star, starting with celebrities such as Mario Adorf, Helge Schneider, David Kross and many many more…
Commissions for portraits, fashion and advertising following, turning Patrick’s portfolio into an extra-ordinary and versatile eyecatcher, more and more defining a clear and dedicated look of Patrick Wamsganz as a photographer.
Since 2014, Patrick is frequently commuting between countryside idyll and fast-paced meltingpot Berlin. Living in tune with nature, Patrick and his family are running a small farm with horses, chickens and sheep!
Patrick Wamsganz – Photographer’s Profile in form of a short interview.
Living in: Berlin, Born in: Neunkirchen/ Saar
Your personal trademark: My special, rough look which is characterised by intense contrasts and a unique colour scheme.
What’s special about portrait photography/ In your opinion, What makes a good portrait? A good portrait bribes through credibility.
Role models/ Your heroes: I would say that I have no real heroes as such. However, I was immensely inspired through the works of photographers like Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Antoine D’agata…
Projects: I am currently portraying horses in a studio setting. This experimental set up results in surpringly individualistic photos of our four-legged friends.
Biggest moment: Being able to take this portrait of Kofi Annan in Cannes in 2009. The photo was commissioned for his project “time for climate justice”.
Favourite place: My favorite place in Berlin is potentially the vietnamese restaurant “Onkel Ho” in Gleimstraße, Prenzlauer Berg. At least this is a place I frequently visit when in Berlin. Of course, there are plenty great spots in Berlin.
What’s special about Berlin? Berlin is metropol and village at the same time.
Find out more about Patrick Wamsganz and his work at www.wamsganz.com