Born in Essen in 1951. 1973 to 1978 studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy; from 1976 studied photography under Prof. Bernd Becher. 1978 to 1981 master pupil of Becher's. 1979 'ars viva Prize' of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy. 1982 German Academic Exchange Service stipend for London. 1985 scholarship at the German Study Centre, Venice. 1986 to 1988 Karl-Schmitt-Rottluff Stipend. 1994 Hermann Claasen Prize, Cologne.