Michael Schiffhorst grew up in Bielefeld vis-a-vis the dark edge of Teutoburger Wald.
After beeing introduced to photography by his grandfather, who documented his travels and family-life with his Voigtländer, landscapes naturally became his first photographic objects.
A few hundred exposed films later he had the opportunity to do his first
b&w prints in the darkroom the father of a friend had set up in his basement. Seeing the picture emerge on a piece of white paper with the help of just a few smelly chemicals had a deep
impact on him - a life-changing experience!
In the late 90s Michael moved to Cologne and soon began a practical year in the studio of advertising photographer Jo Kirchherr.
After gaining some further experience by doing assistant jobs for various other photographers he is now working as a freelancer.
Despite the fact that he also uses digital equipment Michael still enjoys working oldschool – using films, chemicals and paper.
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