A veteran commercial photographer living in Cape Town, South Africa, Horst Klemm’s true passion is nature and its dazzling diversity of wildlife. Always accompanied by a camera, he is the classical traveler. He has crossed the Arabian desert by camel; he knows the jungles of Papua-New Guinea, as well as the vast expanse of the African landscape, through which he journeys time and again. His work shows the artist merged and at one with the landscape. His photographs of animals take us along on the journey, and bring us to a conscious reminiscence of a time when slow, deliberate patience was indispensable to survival. What Horst Klemm shows in these photographs through their immediacy to nature goes far beyond the visible image and communicates the souls of landscape and animals.
Driven by his passion for the golden age of adventure and discovery, Horst Klemm has photographed for over 27 years in the most remote parts of the African bush. He strives to capture an image that lets us feel the heartbeat of Africa. On his hunt for the perfect photograph Horst Klemm has been threatened by bandits, attacked by a crocodile, chased by a leopard, and charged by lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffalo. He has been afflicted by malaria, mountain fever, and schistosomiasis. He has withstood blistering heat, freezing cold, and endless hours of patient waiting. Horst Klemm is after neither thrills nor the challenge of extreme sport. Often alone for several weeks at a time, he tries to interact with nature and capture what he experiences in his myriad of striking pictures.
Taken from an afterword on a publication about elephants, 2005
|1947||born in Gera, Germany|
|1952–1967||Vocational school in Ebersdorf, Eisenach, and Weinsberg, Germany|
|1967–1969||Training in graphic design in Heilbronn, Germany|
|1969–1970||Travel around the world|
|1973||Opens graphic design studio in Heilbronn, Germany|
|1974||Marriage and emigration to Johannesburg, South Africa|
|1974–1976||Employed as graphic designer and photographer by a printer in Johannesburg|
|Since 1976||Freelance commercial photographer with photo studios in Melville, followed by Westcliffe, Johannesburg. Clients: BMW, South African Breweries, South African Airlines, Volkswagen, De Beers Anglo American, Nestlé – numerous Clio- und Loerie-Awards for Photography|
|1995||Founding of the “Africa Collection” a publisher for post cards, calendars, and puzzles|
|2004||Relocation to Capetown|
|Opening of studio in Capetown|