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Carsten Windhorst

Carsten Windhorst is an accomplished London-based music photographer specialising in portrait, live and reportage photography who first started taking photos of his favourite bands with a little point & shoot camera in the mid 90s. 

"I initially made a name for myself with my live shots of Duran Duran which the band featured extensively on their official website", says German-born Carsten who made London his home in the early 90s. After making the move into the professional world of photography in 2006, Carsten started shooting for Britain's iconic music publication, Q Magazine, in January 2008. As a regular contributor to the magazine, Carsten has photographed many of today's leading artists, as well as a host of legendary acts. "I definitely enjoy working with new bands but when you get hired by established performers such as Sir Tom Jones and Björk to shoot a press campaign for them you feel a certain sense of pride and validation. I think one of the most memorable moments of my career to date was when I was asked to call Lionel Richie who then hired me to document his shows at London's O2 Arena in 2009."

Carsten is regularly commissioned by major UK record labels, and his work has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world. "Andy Warhol once said, 'My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person!', and it's this quote that probably best sums up how I feel about my photography". 

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  • Tom Jones by Carsten Windhorst

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    Tom Jones by Carsten Windhorst

  • Pixie Lott by Carsten Windhorst

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    Pixie Lott by Carsten Windhorst

  • Depeche Mode by Carsten Windhorst

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    Depeche Mode by Carsten Windhorst

  • David Gray & Annie Lennox by Carsten Windhorst

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    David Gray & Annie Lennox by Carsten Windhorst

  • Lady Gaga by Carsten Windhorst Manchester Jan 2009

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    Lady Gaga by Carsten Windhorst Manchester Jan 2009

    It’s hard to believe that Lady Gaga only burst onto the scene in late 2008. This photo was taken in Manchester on her first nationwide tour of the UK on which she supported NE-YO and the Pussycat Dolls. Even though it was a rather small production, you could already tell that the visual aspect of Lady Gaga’s performance was incredibly important to her. However, I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how much it would evolve over the next few years.

  • Tom Jones by Carsten Windhorst
  • Pixie Lott by Carsten Windhorst
  • Depeche Mode by Carsten Windhorst
  • David Gray & Annie Lennox by Carsten Windhorst
  • Lady Gaga by Carsten Windhorst Manchester Jan 2009