||Visiting the set of "Lola Montes" and watching the cinematographer Christian Matras was an inspiration to the young Ballhaus, whose aunt was married to the film's director, Max Ophuls.
||Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1987.
||First German cinematographer to be honored by the American Society of Cinematographers (2007).
||Got to know Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom he made 15 movies, in the late 1960s.
||Lives in Berlin, Franconia and New York.
||Son of stage actors Oskar Ballhaus and Lena Hutter.
||Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2003.
||Father of Jan Sebastian Ballhaus and Florian Ballhaus.
||Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1990
||Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996