Frank Herlet, Cologne
Born in Düsseldorf in 1949.
After finishing extended elementary school he did several jobs and attended
night school to pass his matriculation standard. He then studied medicine for
nine semester before going to the USA for 15 months. There he found out
about his interest in photography. Autodidactical studies of photography.
returning from the USA he worked as a cook for three years while continuing
his studies. Attending College for Art and Design in Cologne as a student of
professor Arno Jansen. Working as a freelance photographer in Cologne since
After hundreds of inquiries whether the picture in the toilet has been arranged
or not: it is original and has been photographed on 31.12.1999 around
11pm. The evening`s most striking experience was that the ladies and girls
are using the gents restrooms at big events. Which is to be seen at the very
right margin of the picture. I took the picture with a 35mm panorama-camera F7
with a swivelling lens system that covers a 140 degree angle of view. Instead
of looking through a viewfinder the camera is just held steady using a mini
spirit level. Because the lens system is swivelling from left to right, the
situation on the right side at the start of the exposure is not the same as in
the end. This is why you do not see an actual 1/15 second of life but a
one-picture-film of three to four seconds.
Participating photographers in 2002