Dieter Appelt was born in 1935 in Niemegk, Germany. From 1954 he enrolled at university to study music and vocal studies and began studying photography a few years later.

While pursuing a career as a professional singer and member of the choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the 1970’s, he simultaneously began to receive attention for his photography, painting, and sculpture, which became notable through his use of monumental sequences and tableaux compositions.

Through the techniques of long exposure times, multiple exposures, shadow and mirror compositions, Appelt’s images explore such themes as memory, time, transience, life, death, and recurrence.

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