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".