Klaus Pollmeier graduated from Cologne University of Applied Sciences as photographic engineer in 1983.
He then worked for ten years as head of the Photographic Services Department of Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Since the mid-1980s, he is involved in photograph conservation and the history and practice of photographic processes, and began to research, publish and to give seminars. In 1994 he was hired as photography teacher at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, School of Design in Dessau, Germany.
From 1999 to 2001, Pollmeier was among the first to take part in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House, Rochester, U.S.A.
Four years later he created the concept for a new graduate program “Conservation of New Media und Digital Information” at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, and worked as program coordinator until 2010.
Today, he is back to his job at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, teaching photography, and working as a freelance photo conservator.
He wa also co-editor of „Rundbrief Fotografie“, a quarterly journal about analogue and digital photography in archives, museums and collections.
He lives in Muelheim-Ruhr in the nort-west of Germany.