When Dirk Goetz started his apprenticeship as a photographer in 1985, he sort of continued an old family tradition: His grand uncle had been a photographer, too - an aerial photographer during WW II, to be precise. . .
In 1988 Dirk had started taking pictures for a German rock fanzine as a hobby - and, while he was at it, he would create the corresponding interviews and articles, too. The very morning in 1989 he was about to start his study at a university as a journalist, his telephone rang: The editor-in-chief of German Metal Hammer offered him a job as a photographer and editor directly over the phone.
From 1990 to 1994 Dirk was the principal photographer and deputy editor for the German language issue of the UK-based magazine
Rock Power. In 1995 he left music photography to pursue a career as an editor and US correspondent in Los Angeles. In 2009 he eventually returned to his original passion and profession music photography, this time as a freelancer.
These days, Dirk still shoots analog for backup purposes, loves photography almost as much as his wife and his two daughters and considers "Monkey Business" by Skid Row the best rock song ever written.
© Sandra Goetz