Guenter Knop was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1954. Studied at the
Hermann-Boese Gymnasium for Boys in Bremen and agriculture at the Christian-Albrecht
University in Kiel, Germany. He was an assistant to Charlotte March
in Hamburg between 1979-1981. Knop traveled the world in 1982 photographing
in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and ending in China
where he took pictures for a China Travel Guide. He arrived in New York
City in 1983 and became the assistant to Henry Wolf, shooting TV commercials,
still lifes, catalogues, and portraits. Since 1989 he has been a freelance
photographer working for cosmetic companies and magazines.
Knop's unique studies of the female nude are a refreshing change
from the standard nude studies often seen in photography. He turns his
figures into sculptural elements within the frame adding backgrounds
with objects found and often manipulated with both a paint brush and
lighting that create a dramatic artistic statement.