Klaus Laubmayer (born November 1951) is a German artist and photographer. He studied with Prof. Wolf Jürgen Seesselberg and Joseph Beuys early 1970s before he entered a photographer’s apprenticeship by Klaus P. Ohlenforst and Joop Grijpink. Early 1980s he moved to New York where he lived and worked until 2004. Klaus photographic works incorporate theatrical installation, conceptual art, portraiture, beauty and fashion photography and includes the Guggenheim Museums, NY-Times, Time Magazine, Vogue, Interview, US Magazine, Allure, Details, Stern, Newsweek, Esquire, Elle, LA Style, Playboy, Amica, Abrams Books, Ullstein, Rizzolli, Simon & Schuster, NBC, MSNBC, ARD, RTL, among others.
In 2001, Klaus got intensely involved in filming the terror attack of the World Trade Center, just a few blocks away from his studio. In the aftermath, he reinvented himself and began to use emotions generated by words to create images. This has been his starting point to take photography off the representational plane by peeling away the surface layers of appearance to reveal an inner meaning. It is a multidimensional interpretation of an interior emotional landscape. This philosophy became the compound how Klaus creates most photographic works today.
From 2004 to 2016 he has lived and worked in Berlin, London, Paris, Lanzarote, New York, and Los Angeles.
He currently lives and works between his birthplace Duesseldorf, London, and Lanzarote.
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