The German photographer Werner Bokelberg was born in Bremen in 1937. After a classical training as a photographer, the 19-year-old Bokelberg switched to the Staatliche
Schauspielschule (Wiesbaden), only to finally find his way back to photography.
The Stern photographer photographed Uschi Obermaier, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Brian Jones, Andy Warhol, Romy Schneider and met the 68ers through Rainer Langhans.
"Every eye forms its own beauty," says Werner Bokelberg, who celebrates the contemplation and recognition of beauty in his photographs.
Bokelberg became known and sought after as an advertising photographer. As a collector of photographic art, he was able to assemble a large collection that vividly depicts the development in photography. His photographs were presented in art magazines at an early stage; his gaze is that of an artist and his medium that of documentation. He uses this rapid method of image-making to capture unique people and moments and to document beauty - which is always in the eye of the beholder.