In the late 1960s Alfred Seiland (Austrian, born 1952) taught himself photography, working exclusively in color. Starting in 1977 he photographed professionally for such magazines as GEO, Merian, Stern, and the New York Times Magazine. From 1979 to 1986 he traveled extensively in the US, and in 1986 the photographs resulting from these trips were published in the book East Coast - West Coast and were also exhibited in a solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. Seiland photographed for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin until 1999 and since 1997 has held a professorship of photography at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Since 2006, Seiland has been working on his series Imperium Romanum. Traveling through European and Mediterranean countries that constituted the Roman Empire, Seiland documents sites and places showcasing traces of Roman imperial history for his an on-going project.