Tobias Schwarz

Tobias Schwarz

Based
Berlin, Germany
Born
Munich, Germany
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1DX, 1D Mark IV
“If you do what everyone else does, you’ll get the pictures everyone else gets.”

Beat

I cover general news, sports and features.

One Shot

. Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
Popstar Michael Jackson holds a child covered with a towel as he looks down at fans from the window of a Berlin hotel.
“This is one of my favourite images that I’ve taken for Reuters. Even today, when I go past Pariser Platz in Berlin I still hear tourist guides talking about this famous window where Jacko presented his baby to fans.”

Profile

After graduating from a boarding school in Bavaria, I spent time with a stock photo agency called Mauritius, and took my first steps towards learning to be a photographer. Afterwards I studied law, but I went on to follow my passion for pictures and was hired by several local papers and celebrity agencies in Munich.

My first assignment for Reuters was covering a Bundesliga first division soccer match that Bayern Munich played in Munich’s Olympic stadium. It was my first time covering a soccer game.

The picture I took of Michael Jackson holding his baby out of the window of a hotel room in Berlin taught me an important lesson: if you do what everyone else does, you’ll get the pictures everyone else gets. After an earlier experience when I missed some interesting shots of Jackson joking with his fans because I went to file my first pictures quickly, this time I did things differently. Most of my colleagues rushed to their offices to send out their shots of Jackson arriving, but I decided to stay with a growing crowd of his fans. Later, he appeared at the window of his suite and ended up flashing a victory sign and then holding out his baby. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, or how the situation had worked out.

I don’t take pictures to attract a particular audience. When I make images I just try to remain true to myself and to bear witness to what's happening.

I respect life in general, and I am mindful of the impact that every little step along the way might bring.

I am really proud to be part of Reuters great team of photographers around the globe.