He may have only picked up a camera for a paid job at the age of 29 (negating his previous goal of attaining a law degree), but Ulrich Knoblauch’s list of clients is impressive (and extensive). From shooting fashion editorials for Self Service magazine and French Vogue (as well as Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan South Africa), to capturing fashion week highlights backstage at Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and many more notable fashion houses, it’s safe to say he’s ‘made it’.
Ulrich’s advice to those starting out is: ‘Ask everyone you know for help and then work as hard as you can. Look at every magazine, research photographers, stylists, editors – see who inspires you and learn what they love. Never stop. And then you’ll make it.’ The best advice he ever received was ‘ask for help’. And he believes that being a nice person really leads to making it big.
Highlights to date
‘When the editor of Paris-based Self Service magazine gave me a chance to shoot for them, I was over the moon. I’ll never forget when she mailed me and said “Call me at the office”. That day completely changed my career and has directly impacted on everything I’ve achieved thus far.’ The Marie Claire Image Makers 2018 accolade as icon photographer has also meant a lot to him; ‘It’s a huge honour that I certainly didn’t see coming. That makes it all the more special’.
On being an international fashion photographer
‘The highs and lows of this job are extreme. It’s those lows that make you question everything, and those obstacles have proven to be the hardest ones to overcome.’ But there are so many good things about the job; ‘besides that ‘woooaaahh’ feeling you get when you shoot a great picture, I’d say all the amazing travel opportunities are really a bonus of what I do too.’
Here’s Ulrich on his boldest move so far:
Marie Claire celebrates Ulrich’s incredible career in its 2018 Image Makers campaign. Read all about their stories in our March edition.