Like countless others before him, photographer, artist and filmmaker Karsten Staiger fell in love
with New York City the moment he arrived.

Seduced by the beauty of NYC’s skyline, Staiger has since adventured and scaled more than 100 buildings, risking his life to capture the City’s magnetic personality through photography and film.

Born in Germany, Staiger launched his career at the forefront of the digital revolution when it first emerged in the 1990s, achieving success as an artist and commercial photographer for luxury brands and major corporations (Hugo Boss, DeBeers and Nextel to name a few). With Staiger regularly retreating to the rooftops for creative refuge, his growing fascination with the City’s dynamic skyline would eventually evolve into a primary pursuit for discovering those hidden, unexplored angles of the city – views unseen from the street-level. Already a master of complex lighting and technology, his obsession with the extreme juxtaposition between light, weather patterns and the textured cityscape revealed at dizzying heights ultimately led him to shift his lens towards the City. For more than two decades Staiger remains a pioneer of cuttingedge camera technology, producing elegant images in extremely high resolution.

Staiger’s accomplished body of work spans the breadth of commercial photography, portraiture and architectural, and has attracted collaborations with John Varvatos, Misty Copeland, Robert Redford and Living Colour to name a few. His work has exhibited at the German Consulate General, Sundance Office NYC, Oculus at 1 World Trade Center at the John Varvatos store opening reception, and is currently on view at Danny Meyer’s latest restaurant Manhatta and at 28 Liberty. He is the official photographer and documentarian for the rock band Foreigner, resides on the board of the nonprofit multimedia performance organization The Way of The Rain, and is ambassador to WhiteWall, the leading German laboratory for digital printing.
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