Christian-Matthias Pohlert studied painting and graphics in Hamburg from 1975 to 1982 and went on to study photography. In 1984, he studied at the film school of the New York University.
His first contact with journalism began in 1971, as a messenger for the ARD Tagesschau (national daily news programme) at NDR, the regional TV channel for northern Germany. He worked there as an assistant in the film department until 1982. Following this, he worked as a trainee picture editor at the DPA, the German press agency. Here, and as a guest student at the New York head office of Associated Press (AP), was where he gained his first practical experience as a photojournalist.
Since 1988, he has been managing picture editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), and also holds responsibility for photographers and the picture archive. His responsibilities today also include the Sunday edition of the newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung), and the magazines F.A.Z. Magazin, F.A.Z. Woche and Frankfurter Allgemeine Metropol.
In 1999, he published the book ‘Bilder in der Zeitung - Journalistische Fotografie 1949 bis 1999’, (Pictures in the paper - journalistic photography from 1949 to 1999), which won the 1999 German Kodak Photographic Book Prize. Since the F.A.Z. began to be printed with photos, he now devotes particular attention to the front-page pictures of the newspaper.