Using a variety of different mediums such as photography, painting and collage – and experimenting with light, optics and different types of cameras, Ockenfels is always trying to push the boundaries around photography and art. His sometimes brutal way of distorting his photographs – where he manipulates them with scissors, ink and charcoal, for example – turns his portraits of world-famous actors and musicians into a reflection of Ockenfels’ own inner world. The result is an intimate and often provocative set of images that may even be startling at first, but which carry an inner beauty.
For more than three decades, he has captured world-famous actors, musicians and Hollywood personalities with his camera. He has captured the likes of Nirvana, David Bowie, David Lynch, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Natalie Portman, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes and many more.