Michael Gnade - mentor and idol

I found this picture on the net today. It was an announcement for an event to which I contributed the picture. 

 

It was an honour for me in so far as I had just started photographing people at that time. I had attended two seminars with Michael Gnade. Michael Gnade was a very famous and successful photographer and publisher of several photo books in the sixties. One thing is certain, without his encouragement I would not be where I am today. And believe me, his encouragement had to be earned. He was not one of those who gave compliments lightly.