Simon Puschmann is an award-winning commercial photographer and director who defies all categories. For more than 25 years, he has been creating his own brand of dramatic, unexpected imagery for a prestigious clientele like:
Adidas | Audi | BMW | BMW Williams F1 | BMW Sauber F1 | BMW Motorsports | BMW Oracle Racing | Citroen | Corvette | Deutsche Bahn | Doc Martens | FC St Pauli Hamburg | Ford | Gatorade | General Motors | German Telekom | Hamburg Film Council | HSV | Hyundai Motors | Kia Motors | Lamborghini | Lego | Leica | Lexus | Loewe | Lufthansa | Mercedes Benz | Mercedes Maybach | MINI | Mobil One | Nascar Racing | Opel | Phase One | Porsche | Porsche Motorsports | Porsche Design | Smart | Toyota | Volvo | VW and others
There is no doubt. I found photography and it found me. It’s as solid a marriage as the one I have with my wife, Susanne. I bought my first medium format camera, a Hasselblad, a 503CX, in photography school in 1987, then shot only 4x5“ for years and then turned digital with a Contax 645. Now I use a Phase One DF645+ and an Alpa. I like surprising my clients, the audience, even myself. I resist being put into any photo category. Clients know they can expect the unexpected and that I try harder. I invent, love, laugh, work, live, and breathe photography.
What others say
IGOR KARPALOV Creative Director INNOCEAN Worldwide Europe GmbH, Frankfurt
Simon’s wit, intelligence and charm is only matched by his insatiable desire to shoot great images. His unique talent will certainly take him on to new horizons. He's a listener, a thinker and a doer. And he's great at all three! I hope one day very soon we get the chance to work together again.
PIGGY LINES Creative Partner, Keko London
Simon said: Can you write something for the site? I usually have a writer for this sort of thing. So watch out for the grammar and typos. Oh well, here it goes: what can I tell you about Simon? Well, I’m Global CD on Bentley right now, so I review car photographers’ work for a living. I get to shoot with some of them, and when I do I have to build a shortlist of the best guys around the world that I really, really want to work with. Simon is nearly always on that list. I don’t start off thinking: “I’ll put Simon on the list”. Oh no, first I look at endless folios and images, then I make a long list. I debate with the team as to who we should work with, then I knock a few names off because they’re not quite as good, or as adaptable, or because by the end of week two of being on location with them you’d want to kill them. For some reason, Simon’s name always seems to survive the cut. He’s always in the three that are left.
So what can I tell you about Simon? Just put him on the shortlist to start with, it’ll save you time. Oh, and the other two names … well they always seem to be different.
MARTIN RINDERKNECHT & NIKOLAJ GEORGIEW Digicopter CEO, Pilot, and Constructor | DOP Aerial Pictures, Hannover
Simon is an absolute pro in his field. That’s why he let’s us as pros in our field create the images for him he’s been dreaming about.
ANDRES HERRAN Producer, Founding Partner of Hero Films, Mexico City
I met Simon while prepping to shoot a project in Chile. It was a really complicated project; we were shooting on a salt-lagoon in the Atacama Desert at 4,300 m above sea level. There were lots of things where we didn't know if they were going to work out. I don’t think any other director would have been able to pull it off the way Simon did. For every setback he had a positive response; it felt great to know he was trusting us, regardless of everything. Many times we were making jokes and laughing. It was the right thing to do, instead of getting sunk by all the things that weren't turning the way they were supposed to. I’m really happy we met and I’m looking forward to more projects to come.
THOMAS TERNES Photographer, Photo Assistant, Berlin
He is a very smart and funny dude. I really enjoy his company. In my opinion, Simon really loves his job and he works on his daily potentials and goals. No wonder the clients are happy with the productions, his team and the results.
MARGRIT & WOLFGANG PUSCHMANN Parents, Lichtringhausen
If there’s anyone you can always rely on, then it’s Simon. Always and in any field.
KAI UWE GUNDLACH Photographer & director and valued colleague, Hamburg
Funny guy, nice family and a great photographer. Respect!
STUART FULLER Design Director Saatchi & Saatchi Design, London
God I’ve struggled with this, and not because I can’t think of anything nice to say. It’s because I do pictures. Not words. So here goes: Simon is a great photographer. Always the consummate professional. He also has an excellent sense of humour. Is that OK? Small denominations are best, thanks!
JOCHEN SENGPIEHL Vice President Marketing Hyundai Motor Europe, Offenbach
I absolutely enjoyed working with Simon. His work ethic is exceptional in the industry. Even in intense situations he stays calm, relaxed and never loses his focus. Simon’s creative approach is unprecedented. An artist and absolute expert in making design language work in his pictures. When you need a professional in premium car photography, Simon is the one to contact.
PROF FC GUNDLACH Photographer, gallery owner, collector, university professor, curator and benefactor, Hamburg
So much talent for such a bad cause.
THOMAS RUSCHKE Global Marketing Solutions Lead, Facebook EMEA, Dublin
Simon’s talents in turning concept into beautiful reality are unmatched, much like his passion for his craft.
GESCHE CARSTENS Freelance Line Producer, Hamburg
Simon, aka “Michael Ende”. In the end, we finished the seemingly “never-ending story” of the Mercedes Maybach Landaulet in the Chilean Atacama Desert, in a very satisfying ay. We faced very difficult circumstances on our production. He accompanied me in a wonderful way, positive, powerful, always with a solution in mind. A very tough experience, we planned, struggled and laughed a lot together. Without his positive energy, it would have been much more difficult. I´d work with him again anytime.
TRENT PERRETT Photographic assistant and emerging photographer, Hamburg & Melbourne
Simon would have to be, without a doubt, the most committed and driven photographer I have ever worked with. He takes the time to push his personal work just as hard as he does his commercial work. This speaks volumes to me, as it builds on Simon's ever-evolving creativity, and this is a really hard balance to find in such a busy world. His dedication and vision ensure that when we are shooting, no matter what hurdles pop up, or curve balls are thrown, Simon will lead his team to the end to achieve the shot – always delivering a world-class result for the client. Always seeing, not just looking.
BENOIT LAMY Art director, Tag Belgium, Brussels
I am making sandwiches naked in my kitchen and still had no chance to meet Simon. Ich frage mich, warum?
JAKE MILLS Jake Mills Productions New York, Los Angeles
I have never in my life worked with a human being with greater integrity, vision, and, as difficult as it must be for him, modesty.
GAVIN LEVY Producer and Owner of Cape Town Productions
With a solution to every challenge, a chirp for every comment, with a "please” and a "thank you” always on his lips, it´s always a pleasure to have Simon “in the house” !! Cheers boet !
MATT MILLER Associate Creative Director Venable Bell & Partners, San Francisco
Simon’s talents speak for themselves. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with and very collaborative. All projects have their challenges and surprises. Simon was unfazed and continued to bring great ideas and solutions.
WILLIE VON RECKLINGHAUSEN Car photographer, valued colleague, Hamburg
About Simon: great attitude, very open-minded person, has a good sense of humour, a cool guy and a great colleague.
About Simon Puschmann: Simon Puschmann is the most passionate photographer I know. He knows how to use the lens, the sense and his eyes to create an epic picture. From automotive to landscape, from a book project to a film. Simon is always the swiftest deer in the forest and always the sharpest knife in the drawer!
STEFAN THOSS CEO of [zerone] group, Hamburg
I have known Simon for more than 15 years and I never get tired of talking to him. He is not only one of the best photographers I’ve had the chance to meet but he’s also always an entertaining guy. The range of his skills is unbelievable, from portraits to technical stuff, from classic photography to full CGI supervision, Simon makes it all look easy. And the results are always outstanding. All in all, it’s a gift to know him – personally and in career terms.
OMA HELGA Mother-in-law, Attendorn
What, you made this? You could almost be a – like a – director, couldn’t you? Right?
SUSANNE NAGEL Chief Curation Officer Thjnk AG, Hamburg
In all the years we’ve been working together, Simon has not only impressed me with his eye for details that make a picture great, but also with his attitude. Simon’s glass is always half-full – even on the most difficult productions. Thank you for that!
NICOLA KRAEMER Head of image editing Harvest Print GmbH, Hamburg
It doesn’t matter if you have to get up at 3 a.m. (after only 2 hours of sleep) or if you need to work non-stop for 18 hours for days in a row. Simon is the one who stays positive and encourages everyone to keep laughing and enjoy the project. Besides the human element, he is always on point, knows exactly what he is doing and most important, he has the final image in mind before he starts shooting. This makes working with him easy and results great pictures. I think Simon is the kind of photographer every post-producer is looking for.
GARNET MATTHIESSEN Head of Art Buying, GRABARZ & PARTNER, Hamburg
Simon: "The fast and the furious problem solver“.
THOMAS FRITZE Creative Director Art, GRABARZ & PARTNER, Hamburg
His photography skills are great without any doubt. So let’s talk about something completely different: Somehow I like his nose.
WERNER DÜRSTELER Sonda Productions, Barcelona
How can a man ask 5 questions in 4 seconds ? Ask Simon, un hombre con " una flor en el culo".
KERSTIN MENDE Head of Art Buying, Scholz & Friends GmbH, Hamburg
I’ve known Simon for ages, more than 20 years for sure. He’s one of those rare photographers who's never stopped evolving, even though they’ve been in the business for such a long time. Simon is fun, friendly and straightforward. A real can-do type. If it was up to me, I would work with him even more often than I already do.
ANDREA MARIASH Director of Art Production David & Goliath, Los Angeles
Simon has been asking me to write this statement for a few months, and I have not responded. (Pretty sure he thinks I’m dodging him.) But, actually, I have been thinking about this a ton. Every time I try to put into words how highly I think of both his work and his person, whatever I write isn’t good enough. Which I think is truly the best testimonial I can produce: Simon makes me a failure. I eagerly await every instance that he makes me feel like a shitty, visionless, piece of human garbage."
WILL TAYLOR Producer & Owner of Ink & Oranges Inc, Los Angeles
Here is a list that you can choose from: Simon kicks ass! Simon is one of my favorite photographers of all time. Simon is a great photographer and absolutely fantastic to work with! He is a very hard worker, exceptionally creative, a great problem solver, funny & light-hearted and one of the fastest photographers I have ever witnessed.
CASPAR Caspar & Co, London
The worst rain for 100 years in London plus a prototype car that would melt in the wet made for an interesting production. Simon was good humoured, calm, stalwart and stoic throughout. Job done!
KATJA SLUYTER Freelance Art Buyer, Hamburg
My art directors ask me covertly, does he really have his own URL tattooed on his arm? Yes he does, I say. That’s Simon. Confident, pleasantly crazy and incredibly great to work with.