From famous persons of the pre-photographic time, there are usually only a few - idealized - portraits. Through photography portraits became naturalistic and thus - supposedly - more real. However, a photographic portrait depicts the person in question only at a certain moment. With the development of mass media and the Internet, countless photos of famous people are available today. They show the person in different situations at different times. Now the question arises, which portrait depicts the respective person most clearly, since they each originate in a certain situation.


The portraits of the series Collective Memories are an attempt to give famous people a clearer face. For this 10-30 frontal recorded photos of each person are loaded from the Internet (determined by Google image search) and digitally superimposed.


The Collective Memories series focuses on individuals who had and have a significant impact on world affairs and society since World War II.





The images are each 70x70 cm at 300 dpi

the good the bad and the ugly    2017 / 2018

composite images 

in order of date of birth  (number of images)


Mahatma Gandhi (8), Winston Churchill (20), Aleister Crowley (20), Albert Schweitzer (20), Konrad Adenauer (25), Josef Stalin (15), Albert Einstein (15), Harry S. Truman (20), David Ben Gurion (20), Ho Chi Minh (10), Charles De Gaulle (20), Franco (15), Tito (10), Mao Zedong (15), Nikita Khrushchev (15), Tenno Hirohito (20), Ruhollah Chomeini (20), Robert Oppenheimer (20), Leonid Bresznev (20), Albert Hofmann (20), Konrad Zuse (15), Mother Teresa (20), Ronald Reagan (20), Wernher von Braun (20), Erich Honecker (20), Kim Il Sung (10), Richard Nixon (25), Rosa Parks (20), Willy Brandt (20), Augusto Pinochet (20), Francois Mitterrand (25), John F. Kennedy (20), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (25), Nelson Mandela (20), Indira Gandhi (20), John Paul II (22), Timothy Leary (25), Andrej Sacharov (15), Jitzchak Rabin (20), Henry Kissinger (20), Robert Mugabe (20), George Bush (20), Malcolm X (25), Margaret Thatcher (25), Queen Elizabeth II (20), Fidel Castro (30), Martin Luther King (20), Yasser Arafat (20), Helmut Kohl (30), Mobutu Sese Seko (20), Neil Armstrong (20), Warren Buffett (30), Michail Gorbatchow (20), Rupert Murdoch (25), Yuri Gagarin (20), Charles Manson (20), Mahmud Abass (25), Dalai Lama (30), Saddam Hussein (25), Kofi Annan (29), Kim Jong Il (15), Slobodan Milosevic (20), Stephen Hawking (20), Mummar al-Gaddafi (20), Lech Walesa (20), Aung San Suu Kyi (25), Donald Trump (30), George W. Bush (30), Pablo Escobar (20), Jaruslav Kaczinski (25), Benjamin Netanjahu (30), Vladimir Putin (30), Tony Blair (20), Xi Jinping (30), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (30), Jean-Claude Juncker (30), Angela Merkel (30), Oprah Winfrey (30), Shoko Asahara (15), Steve Jobs (20), Bill Gates (25), Osama Bin Laden (20), Barack Obama (30), Bashar al-Assad (20), Julian Assange (25), Elon Musk (30), Anders Breivik (25), Edward Snowden (20), Kim Jong Un (20), Mark Zuckerberg (30)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ... to be continued

Superimposition of all images of the series.
The image contains 2040 individual pictures

image size: 110 x 110 at 300 dpi