He was born in east
He began taking pictures of the people and life of west
He always preferred to work in black and white and his pictures were published in two striking collections in the 1980s and 90s. Ceasefire, which was published in 1987, showcased his photographs of west
His most recent project was Foodstuffs, which explores the modern food industry and took seven years to complete. Just three days before his death, the project won the Prix Pictet, a prize for photography which tackles sustainability and environmental issues.
The French photographer
Schmidt's work had been exhibited all over the world including
He is survived by his wife Karin and a daughter.