From 1980 to 1985, he studied visual communication in Dortmund with a focus on film and photography and started his photographic career as a photo artist.
He has exhibited internationally with works such as »Mensch Mann«, »VaterMutterIch«, and »Die Kleider meiner Mutter«.
Since 1988, he has worked as a freelance curator for art institutions such as the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Pat Hearn Gallery in New York and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin.
Since 2006, he has been chief curator at the House of Photography in Hamburg.
He is president of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (DFA) and teaches at the HAW in Hamburg
He teaching at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin since 2015.
Guy Bourdin, Retrospektive, Hamburg 2013
Ute Mahler und Werner Mahler – Werkschau, Heidelberg 2014.
Sarah Moon, Now and Then, Heidelberg 2016