cinematic images

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
― Ansel Adams

Why Awards don’t matter

 As a film editor I was twice awarded with the most prestigious award in German, the Lola – you can think of it as the German Oscar.  So I know what it feels like to win, go up on stage and have your ‘I thank the academy’ speech.  Don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely amazing and spectacular to win such an incredible award.  But… that is not the reason why I make movies.  In the end it all comes down to an inner need, a fire that burns inside of me, a desire that won’t stop.

Exactly that is what I feel when I pick up my camera to make pictures.  I feel the same passion, the same fire, the same devotion.  And I believe that this love is reflected in every photo I take.  It doesn’t matter if it is a family portrait or a fine art picture that sells for a couple of thousand dollar.  The basic impulse is always the same.


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange

Cinematic Images

When I was 12 I got my first camera.  In the meantime I have learned photography – I have taught photography – I have lived photography.  All of my vacations are basically field trips and I never leave my house without a camera.  There is no greater joy, than coming home with a great picture in your back.
Based on my long experience in the film industry, I have a very special relationship to cinematic images.  Wide Screen – Cinemascope – PanaVision – these are the images that have impressed me my entire life.  Even though they may not have the aspect ratio of most photographic cameras, I find it intriguing to take pictures and print them in wide screen aspect ratio. 
These images are ‘ bigger than life’.  Although they just represent a specific moment in time and space, they still have a surreal touch to them.   Life represented by a fraction of a second. 
“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”
― Paul Strand

Whats the next move

If you like my art and style why don’t you go ahead and grab a piece of it.  Get in contact with my agency at .  They will send you more information on pricing and available pieces.  I offer a variety of high quality art prints and of course archival prints in various sizes.

I make most of my living in the film industry.  Therefore I donate 15% of every sold photograph to charity.  If you wish you can choose a project of your liking or I will choose one for you.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my site
Dirk Grau