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Guenter Knop (born June 1954, in Bremen, Germany) is a photographer known for black and white nudes of real women.Knop began his career working in the studio of German fashion and advertising photographer Charlotte March in the late 1970s. He later worked as first assistant to Henry Wolf, art director for Esquire, Harper's Bazaar and Show magazines. He worked with Wolf for ten years on high fashion, TV, and print advertising for major clients in the eighties and nineties before opening a studio in Chelsea, Manhattan. His pictures incorporate dramatic lighting and customized sets built from found materials and inspired by Bauhaus, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco designs. A unique feature of Knop’s work is his exclusive use of real women who are hand-picked from the streets of New York.

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