Frank Schmitt
Born: March 8th 1974 in Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: frank@stacholero.com
Egyptian Mobile: +20 112 1887888

Experienced and innovative professional Photographer bringing forth a true passion for documentation through a lens. Committed to the satisfaction of a client, and adept in using up-todate photographic hardware and software. Bringing forth over 15 years of experience working creatively as a Freelance Photographer, Digital Operator, Hand Model, Set Builder on over 1000 projects in still life studio photography, as well as people and food photography. The main focus was on product presentation, featuring all kinds of different high-quality materials. The featured products covered Jewelry, Watches, Electronics, Beauty products, Beverages, Food as well as special effects like liquids, smoke and moving stills. Leveraging a background in Commercial and editorial photography. Functioned with flexibility and agility. Highly capable of improvising and problem solving under pressure. Always provided a positive, friendly attitude for the whole team. Apart from professional photography i've continuously worked on documenting the subcultural music scene, specialized in black & white with available light. Since my first visit to Cairo i've worked costantly on my personal project regarding ancient egyptian stone works, mainly at the pyramid fields around Cairo.

2003 – 2005

• Apprenticeship as a Photographer with Certificate at BFW, Bad Pyrmont.
• Educated in Studio and On-Location Photography, film and print development.
• Working creativly in digital post production, concept writing and image composing. Practically and theoretically.

2005 – 2020

• Working professionally and continously as an Photographer Assistant in Hamburg, Light
Technician, Digital Operator, Preparator, Set Builder for several Photographers like Jan Kornstaedt, Oliver Schwarzwald, Reinhard Hunger, Christian Martin, Jan Burwick, Jan van Endert
• Designed and custom built devices for special effects.
• Was in charge of all the high-end studio equipment like large format cameras, middle format and DSLR cameras, both on film and digital, a vast variety of flash generators and flash heads as well as ARRI Steady light and LED light equipment.
• Designed and built sets for still life and people shootings.
• Communicated with clients and addressed questions and concerns.
• Brought forth a positive attitude and problem-solving abilities.

2007 – 2021

• Working professionally as a freelance Photographer.
• Worked for several German Advertisement Agencies and Magazines in still life and people photography.
• Worked for 15 years with Musicians on personal projects, with several publications including The New York Times, The WIRE Magazine and Rock-A-Rolla Magazine.
• Provided several shots for CD Cover Art Work for international music groups
• Working on a personal project concerning ancient Egyptian stonework at pyramid fields around Cairo. Focusing on hard stones like Basalt, Granite, Diorite and the tool marks found on those materials.
• Worked well independently and on a team to solve problems.
• Organized and prioritized work to complete assignments in a timely, efficient manner.

2018 – 2021

• Working as a Videographer.
• Working on a personal project concerning ancient Egyptian stonework at pyramid fields around Cairo. Focusing on hard stones like Basalt, Granite, Diorite and the tool marks found on those materials.
• Worked on Mena El Shazly's "Death Spells" art project, providing footage of ancient Egyptian sites.
• Worked on several independent Music Videos.
• Working well independently and on a team to solve problems.
• Work in progress on a series of short movies with a young egyptian director.

Skills:

• Working well independently and within a team.
• Preperation of unique custom built objects.
• Careful handling and preparation of very fragile, unique objects.
• Excellent technical and communication skills.
• Experienced with Apple Macintosh computers, working with Photoshop, Capture One, Lightroom, Filmora and Adobe Premiere software.
• Fast learner and able to work under pressure.
• Exellent ability to adapt and work flexible and creative.
• Expert in problem solving and improvising.

Languages:

• German: Native speaker
• English: Highly proficient