Born 1936 in Landshut, Germany
Lives and works in Hamburg, Germany
In 1975 he became a photographer for the magazine "Eltern" reporting about child birth, this is how he gained interest in human faces and animals.
Reaching global recognition with his portraits about different artists, political figures, and prominent personalities in the culture.
Through his different sets of series Schels has also portrayed people with blindness, disabilities, or going through gender affirmation, etc. dedicating his work to showcase extreme situations about the human experience.