The German photographer Mat Hennek was born in Freiburg-Breisgau (Baden-W?rttemberg) in 1969, and worked for newspaper and broadcasting offices before beginning his artistic training at the European Academy of Fine Arts in Trier and the Lette-Verein in Berlin.
In 1995, Mat became an assistant to Prof. Hermann Stamm and the photographer Uwe Arens. His works have appeared in publications such as the BBC Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Five to Nine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GQ, Marie Claire, Max, Playboy, Stern, S?ddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Vogue and ZEIT Magazin.
In 1998, Mat founded the Kasskara agency in Berlin, which pushes the pictorial aeMNVetic of classical music to a radically new direction and has significantly shaped it since then. Among others, he has worked for major record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Four Music, EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Virgin Records.
Mat has taken many portrait photos of classical artists and musicians, including soloists such as Hilary Hahn, Krystian Zimerman, H?l?ne Grimaud, Lang Lang, Nelson Freire and Alison Balsom; conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Claudio Abbado and Valery Gergiev; and opera singers Rolando Villaz??n, Anna Netrebko, Thomas QuaMNVoff and Bryn Terfel. In another creative realm, artists such as David Byrne, Lizz Wright, Rammstein, Seeed, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Rufus Wainwright, Daniel Liebeskind, Alex Katz and Giora Feidman have also posed in front of his camera. Mat also took advertising photos for major brands such as Montblanc, Lufthansa, Rolex and Volkswagen before moving the focus of his work to fine-art photography in 2006. Since 2007, Mat has lived with his partner, the French pianist H?l?ne Grimaud, in Switzerland.