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Peter Kupfer

Born and raised in the South of Germany I was originally planning to be a scientist. I was studying Life Science in Tuebingen. To fund myself I tried to earn money with photography after taking pictures of local bands and friends. This passion was born in the early ‘90s after visiting tons of concerts and shooting them for local print magazines. If you ask me when I picked up my first camera I am not able to give you a satisfying answer. I guess, it was the year 1990. More or less!

After sending my portfolio to several big national and international magazines, I got a phone call from the German Musikexpress. They "asked" me to shoot a concert of the US band Tool for their next issue. I didn't know exactly what awaited me when I went to the concert. No light, a „frontman“ off-stage and the pressure to get one perfect picture. For sure, analog photography and limited to 36 pictures per film. In the end it worked out and I got a regular employment.

After some years I decided to deepen my knowledge regarding photography and attended courses at a renowned and famous School of Art in Berlin after my stopover in Tübingen. Nevertheless I also worked during my education for magazines, record companies, agencies but also for bands all over the world. On top I studied Life Science to realizing my dream to become a scientist.

After moving to Hamburg I started a company with my partner Anabell Ganske. Sight Of Sound was born and the main focus was set to Rock dominated music. We worked for bands, festivals, magazines and agencies as well as for private persons. During the last years both of us broaden our attention to other categories as well. Personally I discovered photography in the field of documentary during traveling around the world. I also started some projects like ‚The Beatmaker‘, ‚Panoramica Photography‘ or ‚Just One Shot‘ where I take only one picture of a protagonist. But conventional photography is also a field of my activities for quite some time.

In the meantime I became a scientist and got my PhD as well. Nevertheless my heart beats for photography and I am still working very hard to bring me work to the next level. The genre is secondary because difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

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