Photo: Giuseppe Vaccaro

BIOGRAPHY

Nadja Wohlleben is a German documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist based in Berlin. A careful play of documentation and artistry, Nadja’s work focuses on concepts of femininity, power and identity. Depicting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she documents their stories through her imagery in an authentic, intimate and aesthetic style. With a keen eye for detail, Nadja’s photography brings humanity to the foreground.

As an undergraduate Nadja received a scholarship to study Journalism at New York University, then went on to complete her first Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology at Humboldt University in Berlin. Upon realizing that photography was the ideal tool to combine her interests, she majored in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London, graduating with distinction in September 2013.

Nadja’s work gained international recognition through prestigious photo contests, such as the International Photography Awards (IPA), FotoVisura Photography Grant, or Moskow International Foto Awards (MIFA). Her photographs have been featured in publications like GEO Kompakt (GER), GEO Wissen (GER), Burn Magazine, WIRED, Feature Shoot, New Internationalist (UK), or The Observer (UK). She has collaborated with international and local NGO’s like UNHCR, Humedica, No Means No Worldwide, Ujamaa Africa, or Makhzoumi Foundation.

After spending several years abroad, mainly in Asia and the Middle East, Nadja moved back to Berlin in 2015, where she founded Goodlife Pictures, shooting authentic photo documentaries for commercial clients like NIKE, Porsche, Converse and others.

Besides creating visual narratives, Nadja loves martial arts: she trains Shaolin Kung Fu and teaches women in Taekwondo and self defense. Never tired of exploring, Nadja has backpacked around the world visiting over 50 countries, and scuba dived her way through the seven seas. Her nomadic lifestyle is facilitated by her fluency in German, English, and French, as well as intermediate Spanish and basic Arabic.

Nadja is represented by laif agency and is available for assignments and commissions worldwide.


AWARDS, PRESS, EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION (Selected)


2017

* BURN Diary – BURN Magazine's Instagram / Contributor


2016

* International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for series '92'

* International Photography Awards, Family of Man, Honorable Mention in Category Old Age|Death

International Photography Awards, Family of ManHonorable Mention in Category Childhood

International Photography Awards, Family of ManHonorable Mention in Category Love

* Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention for series '92'

* FotoVisura Photography Grant, Honorable Mention for series '92'


The Emerging Photographer Fund - BURN Magazine, Shortlisted with series '92'

* Month of Photography LA, Winner, projection of series 'HeartCore' for Open Call 'Connections'- LA/USA


* BURN Magazine, '92 - Helga's Disappearance' feature

* Association Nationale des Iconographes 'Coup de Coeur', Perpignan, France for series '92

* GEO Wissen Magazine, 'HeartCore' feature 


2015


* GEO Kompakt Magazine, 'HeartCore' feature (print)


* 'Visual Storytelling' Masterclass with Ron Haviv/ VII Photo - selected, Berlin/Germany

2014


* BURN Magazine, 'HeartCore' Feature

* Feature Shoot, 'HeartCore' Feature

* 'The Photographic Essay' Masterclass with David Alan Harvey/ Magnum Photos - selected, Dubai/UAE

2013


* Moving, Still - Exhibiton of series 'L'Amour Nous Unit'in group show, P3 gallery, London/UK


* MA Photojournalism - Distinction, University of Westminster, London/UK

2011

* 'Zwischen Tradition und Moderne - Frauen in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten'. Book publication of MA Cultural Anthropology thesis,  'Tectum Verlag' (Engl: Between Tradition and Modernity - Women in the United Arab Emirates). 

2009

* MA Cultural Anthropology - Distinction, Humboldt University, Berlin/Germany


2006

* Scholarship DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to study Journalism at NYU/USA





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