Jan Steinhilber is one of Germany’s preeminent automotive photographers, highly regarded for his creative vision, technical prowess, and command of design. His clients include Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Cadillac, Audi, BMW, Peugeot, and Mini Cooper.

Jan arrives at his ideas through a combination of sketches—he has a degree in graphic design—and time behind the wheel. “Thinking while driving works great for me,” he says. One of his specialties is producing images that make the impossible seem real or that contain an almost undetectable visual surprise. “I’m always looking for subtle ways to lead viewers through an image,” he says.

Jan’s work has been honored many times, including by the German Art Directors Club, the British AOP, PDN, Graphis, and Communication Arts. The awards are a testament not just to his abilities as a photographer but also as a collaborator who actively seeks out challenging projects—“the ones,” he says, “where the teamwork leads to a result that I would not have been able to achieve on my own.”

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