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"It was the air, the vastness, the sounds and the strangeness that mesmerised me on my first visit to Africa, in Kenya, in the savannah of the Masai Mara. At sunrise, I was already travelling with my then friend and mentor Fritz Pölking to look for cheetahs. The air was filled with all kinds of sounds: Birdsong, lion roars, the stamping of hoofed animals. The silhouettes of giraffes and wildebeests could be seen on the horizon.

Fritz and I wanted to photograph a book about cheetahs. The big cats were so numerous that after a few months we were able to produce the book and have it printed by Tecklenborg Verlag.