wowe (Wolfgang Wesener) was born in 1960 in Cologne, Germany. During his studies in Communication Design at the Folkwangschule Essen (1981-84) he photographed for the music magazine Spex. Arriving in New York City in 1984, he assisted Hans Namuth and Evelyn Hofer while capturing New York’s nightlife for Details Magazine. In 1986, he began a twelve-year collaboration taking portraits for the legendary FAZ-Magazin, the weekly supplement to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He moved to Italy in 1990, continuing to photograph for international magazines and pursuing personal projects. He currently lives in New York City.

selected exhibitions:

1984 photographie galerie, düsseldorf
1985 olympus galerie, hamburg
1986 kunstverein schwelm
1990 vera engelhorn gallery, nyc (ny nightlife)
1994 vera engelhorn gallery, nyc (venitians)
1996 vera engelhorn gallery, nyc (color portraits)
2003 c/o berlin, berlin (kometen der nacht,
            nightclubbing in new york)
2003 galleria valentina moncada, roma
2003 bayerischer hof, münchen
2008 c/o berlin, berlin (essence, 25 years 0f portraits)