Niels Bolbrinker studied photography and film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Since 1983, he has worked as a DOP (e.g. The Woman of the 5 Elephants) and director (e.g. Reality Check) of documentaries. He received various international awards for his work including the Image Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Montreal and was nominated for the German Camera Prize. His feature-length documentary Bauhaus-modell und mythos, won the Liliane Stewart Award for best documentary in the design arts at the FIFA in Montréal. The film is regarded as the most detailed film appreciation of Bauhaus to date.