Timm Rautert was born in Tuchola, West Prussia, in 1941 and studied under Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen. From 1993 to 2007 he was a professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. He has worked for magazines including Stern, Geo, Sunday Times Magazine, Time, Life and ZEITmagazin, as well as releasing several books. Steidl published his Deutsche in Uniform (2007) and No Photographing (2011). In 2008 Rautert was the first photographer to be awarded the Lovis Corinth Award. He lives in Berlin and Essen.