When Ralph Mecke was given a camera as a boy the beginning of a lifelong passion was born. A native Berliner, Mecke spent several years assisting Peter Schmidt, the brand identity master of Jil Sander and Toblerone. He later assisted photographer Albert Watson in New York. Ralph’s career took off when his portraits of intellectuals and cultural icons were first published in French Vogue. Smart and expressive, his carefully constructed images cut to the heart of his subjects, creating unexpected and unobstructed views into their worlds. Today, Ralph’s work includes portraiture, fashion and beauty for which he is internationally recognized. His portraits range from actress Keira Knightley to artist Julian Schnabel to Olympic champion Usain Bolt. He also shoots for American Vogue and L’Oreal. Ralph currently lives in Paris and New York.