Walter Schels, born 1936, worked as a window dresser in Barcelona, Canada and Geneva before moving to New York to become a photographer. In 1970 he returned to Germany and became known for character studies by artists, politicians, and celebrities of the art and intellectual worlds. He has been portraying animals with the same intensity for decades. As a passionate explorer of physiognomy, Walter Schels is interested in making the essence and personality of a motif visible in photography.