Koller grew up in the Austrian countryside. After completing his training as a photographer and a brief professional detour to Germany he became the official photographer for the Vienna State Opera back home in Austria.
For seven years he photographed superstars like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nurejev.
Within that period Helmut Koller co-wrote, photographed and designed his first book called Women Over 30. Two more books followed. Elektra, about the movie production of the Richard Strauss opera and Opera Live, a coffee table book about the Vienna State Opera.
Feeling confined in Europe and eager for the ambition of America, Koller moved t
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