Born in Hildburghausen/ Thuringia in 1939.
1953 to 1956 training as a photographer with his father Rudolf Meffert in Hildburghausen. Flight to the West in 1958 and settlement in Hamburg. Scholarship for photography school. Afterwards freelance photographer for photo and advertising agencies. Photo reporter at the STERN from 1964 to 2004.
- 1979 World Press Photo Awards, category "General News / Stories": 2nd Price