Jim Rakete, born in 1951 in Berlin, is a German photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, author, and producer. He is best-known for his portrait photographs, mostly in black and white. He has photographed numerous personalities from the German and international music, film, and political scenes. From 1977 to 1987, Rakete ran an ideas factory in Berlin. During this time he not only photographed many covers featuring musicians of the New German Wave, but he also worked as a band manager. The best-known of the artists and bands looked after by him include Nina Hagen, Nena, Spliff, Interzone, Sternhagel, Morgenrot, and Die Ärzte. After many years of commuting between Los Angeles and Hamburg, Rakete returned to Berlin in 2001, where he has lived since then. In 2018 he received the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany. His first feature-length documentary, NOW, a film for climate justice, will be released in theaters in July 2021.
Jim Rakete was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from March to June 2013.