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A personal interview with Peter Maffay  BY NADINE PELZER He is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most prominent personalities on the German music scene. Peter Maffay has thrilled, moved and accompanied an entire nation for many decades. No one else has come close to his success or released as many number one albums. As…

THE SPECIAL MOMENT

Photographer Steve McCurry captures moments with his photographs that would otherwise be lost BY ANJA FAHS Steve McCurry is a globally celebrated photographer who has long been an icon of photojournalism. His “Afghan Girl”, the portrait of a refugee child in Pakistan, went around the world on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1984….

COMPANIONS

Half a century of rock history written by Deep Purple BY ANJA FAHS Who can resist humming along to this iconic verse “Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky…”? It’s by Deep Purple and has made them one of the most popular rock bands since their formation in 1968. Their sound – characterised…

FUTURE MATTER

The interaction between man and technology in industry BY SANDY STRASSER He invented the word ‘megatrend’ and popularised the term ‘globalisation’: for more than 20 years, US author John Naisbitt has been amazing readers with predictions about the future. Naisbitt is the author of numerous bestsellers and the recipient of 15 honorary doctoral degrees. He…

STEFAN SAGMEISTER

BY NADINE PELZER / SABINE STAHL What makes people really happy? This is precisely the question the acclaimed designer Stefan Sagmeister has asked himself. The very personal documentary ‘The Happy Film’ is the result of years of research and self-experiments on the way to happiness. His work inspires and fascinates, and is known for its…

MOMENTARY DECISION

Interview with photographer Jim Rakete BY SANDY STRASSER In a career of almost 50 years as a photographer, he captured the German elite of acting and music – Jim Rakete. Many great international personalities too, trust him and his sense for what truly makes a portrait. With us he spoke about the beginnings of his…

EXPRESSIVE

Interview with Franziska Kunz, Global Head of Art Deutsche Bank AG BY ANJA FAHS Art has always been collected by private individuals but also by companies. Just think of the Medici with their Florentine family empire, or of today’s large and medium-sized companies. Art stimulates creativity in a business, shows a sense of culture and…

HARMONIOUS MOMENTUM FOR HAMBURG

The Elbphilharmonie has opened BY DR STEFAN POLLAK Germany has a new landmark. On the 11th of January, the Elbe Philharmonic opened in the Hamburg harbour district. The question may be asked if 10 years of building and 800 million euros of investment have been worth it. Time will show if a definite answer can…

IDENTIFYING THE FUNDAMENTAL

Interview with actress Iris Berben BY SANDY STRASSER The courage to speak out and to not simply gloss over potential grievances. It has always been important for actress Iris Berben to stand by her opinions. She has always remained true to herself – both in her personal life and in her career. She vehemently defends…

NOT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

A portrait of picture book artist Helme Heine BY SANDY STRASSER Restraint and sensitivity are the trademarks of picture book artist Helme Heine. The 75-year-old is one of the true great artists of his trade. However, he not only creates illustrations, he also simultaneously invents the stories that go with them. These include such veritable…

BEYOND TIME

Billions of thoughts captured in music BY SANDY STRASSER An old proverb states that the best stories come from life itself. But we are all familiar with the fact that it gives us more than just sunshine – something that singer Axel (Aki) Bosse is also all too aware of. He creates veritable musical treasure…

UTOPIA

About transformations that could change our lives forever BY SANDY STRASSER Michael Najjar is one of the most renowned German photographers. With his art, he makes things visible that frequently remain hidden to human eye. In terms of contents, his focus here lies on the primary components of a society controlled by computer and information…