At the age of 24, the later Comet photographer Heinz Baumann traveled to New York for the first time. He wanted to work in the USA and stay as long as he liked. He made the journey across the Atlantic on the RMS Queen Mary. After arriving in New York, he lived at the Chelsea YMCA and worked as a salesman in a photo store. Every day he wandered around the city taking photographs. Life in Manhattan was not easy for the young Swiss, and after only a year he returned home by plane. Shortly after in 1960 he started his career as a Comet photographer.