Jan C. Schlegel is born and raised in the Black Forest of Germany. He discovers his passion for photography at the age of 14. From the influence and counsel of Walter Schels and Toni Schneiders he begins to ascertain his fervor for black-and-white portraits. At 18 he is professionally trained in photography. He begins traveling throughout Asia and Africa with the objective of photographing diverse people groups and tribes in 2000. Through these experiences he develops a striking mode of capturing the beauty in these nations. He not only succeeds in creating artistic photographs, but also in documenting and preserving unique artworks - the people themselves.
Schlegel´s developing technique is as rare and intimate as the subjects of his photography. The black and white photographs are taken with a 4x5 field camera on traditional film. They are not digitally edited, but enlarged on fiber base photographic paper. Afterwards each photographic print is partly toned in order to give each picture its special inner dynamics and depth.