Peter Sempel

Year of birth, place
1954, Hamburg, Germany

For the first years of his life, Peter Sempel lived in the Australian Outback. After his return to Germany, he studied literature and physics at the University of Hamburg. He wrote for music magazines such as »Spex« and »Fanzines« and since 1981 he has made music and dance films. His themes and protagonists in this are broadly diverse: He thematizes underground music as often as he does classical, tells of extraordinary artists of the underground scene as much as those from Hollywood. Many of his films are supported by grants from the culture department of the city of Hamburg.
 Sempel is also successful as a photographer, and has presented his photography at numerous exhibitions.