Horst Tappe exclusively photographed portraits from 1960 until his death in 2005. His most important portraits were probably those of celebrities like the painters Picasso, Dali, Kokoschka or artists such as Peter Ustiv, Sophia Loren, writers such as Nabokov, Fleming and many many more. He gave special attention to each portrayal, in which he sought to capture the spirit and character of the person. This publication is the first of almost five decades of work by Horst Tappe.
Born in 1938 in Westphalie, Germany, Horst Tappe attended the School of Experimental Photography near Frankfurt after an apprenticeship at the traditional photographic workshop of Martha Hoepffner. He then continued his training at the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland, obtaining a maitrise federale, a professional specialist qualification. His meeting with Gertrude Fehr played a decisive role in defining his photographic style. Horst Tappe has exhibited in many cities across Europe and the United States. From 1965, he lived and worked in Montreux, Switzerland, staying regularly in London, Paris and Berlin. He gradually built up a portrait gallery of internationally famous figures that was solicited by both the press and publishers. His photographs have been featured in newspapers and books around the world. In 1979, he became an honorary member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers.