Michael Friedel...was born in Berlin on June 5, 1935. He discovered photography while still at school in Munich. Following a laboratory technician internship in Munich and a business apprenticeship at Agfa, he became a professional photographer as of the mid fifties. He was soon successful as a photo journalist. From 1956 to 1961 he worked freelance for the magazine Quick, and later for Stern. He returned to Munich in 1968. As a travel photographer, Friedel’s colour pictures repeatedly set new standards. In 1978, together with his wife Marion, he established MM-Photodrucke to self-publish over twenty publications in a number of languages. Friedel lives in Dietramszell near Munich.