Guido Karp

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Guido Karp (born January 23, 1963) is a German born music photographer, who lives and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Guido Karp and Angus Young (AC/DC), London Aug 2008. Photo courtesy of Michael Kölsch, Assistant GKP

Karp was born in Mayen, Germany and grew up in Koblenz, Germany. He started concert photography early with regional bands, but had his first cover with a school-mate, Thomas Anders, who later came to fame as singer of the top-selling Euro-Band Modern Talking. Karp's photography has been used on many music CD and DVD covers, with top sellers as Robbie Williams "Live at the Albert" (the best selling Music DVD of all times) or Elton John's "Candle in the Wind". His most recent work is seen in AC/DC's 2008 release Black Ice. The promotional shots from the session were featured in more than 10000 print publications since Oct 2008.

Before joining the AC/DC European tour in March, Karp toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the hugely successful beauty event "Princess for one day".

Karp is married to Nicole Karp since Dec 28, 2004. Until 2012, he owned homes in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany and Los Angeles. In 2013, he left Germany and now lives in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Karp becomes one of ten main jurors for Germany's LEA Awards. He remains on the jury board for 2013

Celebrating his 50th birthday in 2013, Karp toured with the exhibition project "Singvoegel" (singing birds) - a retrospective of his 30+ years work as a concert photographer. Since Jan 2014, Karp lectures the "Million Dollar Workshop" through 50 universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[citation needed]


Guido Karp was nominated as Music Photographer of the Year in 1987, 1988 and 1992, winning in 1988 and 1992 in the categories "Best Concert Photography"

Notable credits[edit]

  • AC/DC: Black Ice
  • Bee Gees: Live in Berlin
  • Dire Straits: On Every Street
  • Elton John: Candle in the wind
  • Garou: Seul... avec vous
  • Genesis: Live in Rome
  • Helene Fischer: Live
  • Howard Carpendale: Live in Berlin
  • Iron Maiden: A Real Dead One
  • Manowar: Gods of War
  • Michael Jackson: This is it
  • Münchener Freiheit: XVII
  • Paul McCartney: Paul is Live
  • Phil Collins: The first final farewell tour
  • Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert
  • Robbie Williams: Supreme
  • Rolling Stones: No Security
  • Roxette: live in Zurich
  • PUR: Live 1
  • Sting: Soul Cages
  • Thomas Anders: This Time
  • Take That: The Ultimate Tour
  • "Take That: Beautiful World Live
  • Tina Turner: All the best


  • Guido Karp: Volume IV (2004)
  • Guido Karp: Music for your eyes (2006), ISBN 978-3-8238-1416-0
  • Guido Karp: The Nudes - Photography with a Cyber-shot Mobile by Guido Karp (2007), ISBN 3-89602-783-2
  • Guido Karp: Singvögel (2009), ISBN TBA
  • Guido Karp/ Thomas Anders (2015) - We had a dream ISBN 9780989812993


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