Fabian Bimmer

Fabian Bimmer

Hamburg, Germany
Marburg, Germany
“The assignments that excite me most are covering people who are standing up for their rights or trying to change something.”


I cover politics, sports and economics.

One Shot

. SALZGITTER, Germany. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
A steel worker is pictured at a plant belonging to German steel company Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony.
“I have covered lots of assignments about German industry, and I understand how big and important it is, and how many jobs depend on it. I like this picture of a simple man, working in a dark and hot place more than a picture of a smiling CEO with an annual 18 million Euro fee. He and his daily work are the first step in a long production process, which is so vital for Germany.”


My earliest memory of photography is a dark bathroom and the smell of black and white developer, when my father developed his films and prints every weekend.

I learnt photography from my dad during my schooldays. After I finished school I started working as a photographer immediately, through good and bad times.

My first assignment for a news agency was the funeral of former German Chancellor Willy Brandt at a Berlin cemetery in 1992. Having set up a giant tripod for the agency, I left the official press position and found another spot between some trees. I was alone and from where I was standing, I was able to photograph the coffin with Brandt’s widow behind it. The experience taught me that there is never just one angle to shoot a story from. The picture was widely published, and that was the start of my agency career.

The event that left the biggest mark on me wasn’t an assignment; it was a dinner with former AP photographer and editor Horst Faas. Horst got a lifetime award from a German photography association, and had invited some of his photo and TV colleagues for dinner. After the ceremony, we sat at a table, and those from the Vietnam War started telling stories. I was very impressed by them, including Horst’s story about how he had edited the photo of the young naked girl running on a street in Vietnam after a napalm attack.

The assignments that excite me most are covering people who are standing up for their rights or trying to change something. I think these stories are the main task for photojournalists in these times.

When I take pictures I report seriously. That’s my task. As an agency you have a real duty to stick to your journalistic ethics. You have to remember your honour as a journalist, and that you are primarily there to observe.

Behind the Scenes

. Hamburg, Germany
Reuters photographer Fabian Bimmer poses with his camera during coverage of liver surgery completed with the support of a tablet computer, one of the first surgeries of its kind in Germany.