Angelika Platen is the daughter of a chemist and an economist. She studies art history, Romance philology and oriental studies at the Free University of Berlin, followed by photography at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. In 1968, she works as a photographer and photojournalist and shows her photos for the first time in the gallery Die Insel in 1969. From 1970 to 1972, she is working for the journalistic business section Kunst als Ware (art as merchandise) for the magazine Die Zeit and subsequently heads the Gunter Sachs’ Galerie an der Milchstrasse in Hamburg until 1976. In the 1970s, she creates photographic portraits of young artists, including those who had not yet achieved their later fame, such as Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Andy Warhol and many more.

The photographer takes black and white photographs. In her opinion, colour photos are flat and all too clear. At the end of the 1970s, Platen relocates to France, where she is head of an advertising and communications department in the automotive industry. She resumes her work as a photographer in 1997, and mainly photographs younger artists like Jeff Koons. In addition, she re-captures some of the young artists of the 1970s, documenting the change of their features as they grow older. Platen’s photographic portraits have gained international attention, and are exhibited in Germany, Italy, Romania, and other countries.