Born in Brilon, Germany, in 1972, the photographer with roots in Greece began his career in his early twenties as an assistant to various professional photographers. After a five-year interlude in the music industry, he initially returned to his job as an assistant before becoming a freelance photographer, specializing in fashion and portrait photography, in Hamburg in 2004. He opened his own studio in the city in 2006. His clients include numerous prominent fashion labels and designers, and his work has been shown in international magazines. Alongside his purely commercial work, Manuel Pandalis is developing an increasing interest for his own concepts: “Sometime ago, I realized I was fascinated less by a model’s facade than by the person behind it. For me, beauty is first revealed when I feel a rapport with the person”.