He is also known as a successful jazz trumpeter. However, very few people know that Till Brönner also knows how to use the camera.

Koblenz (dpa) – Till Brönner, Germany’s best-known jazz musician and photographer in his second job, shows CDU candidate Armin Laschet for chancellor at 1.80 by 1.20 meters in a large format black and white photo.

“Mr. Laschet seems more serious and thoughtful than the press often portrays him. And that’s exactly what I think is good, ”says Brönner (50) in view of his“ Melting Pott Europe ”photo exhibition, which is due to be seen in Koblenz for the first time since this Friday.

The portrait of Laschet (60 years old) “is brand new and was only taken a good two weeks ago in Berlin. I limit my time for portraits to five minutes. Meanwhile, what is being created, ”explains Brönner, who comes from North Rhine-Westphalia by choice. In the exhibition scheduled for August 22 at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, more than 35 color and black-and-white photos will be on display – up to 1.60 meters by 2.40 meters. According to the musician, the works show “key figures in European society, architecture and landscapes”.

It is always a question of dealing with Europe. According to Brönner, this intensive occupation is also linked to politician CDU Laschet and Christian Wulff. Brönner was expecting the former Federal President and his wife Bettina at the opening of the exhibition on Friday. “But Europe is a multi-party subject,” he adds. “As an artist, I don’t belong to any party and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

The trumpeter and composer began his career as a photographer in 2010. He is passionate about a Leica M camera: “It goes back to the origins of 35mm cameras,” explains Brönner. He also enjoys taking pictures with a medium format Leica. At first he mainly photographed the Ruhr area and showed it in exhibitions. His new exhibition at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz is expected to be the starting point for future European-themed photo exhibitions, including in other EU countries.