Photo: Giuseppe Vaccaro

I am an independent German photojournalist, documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist based in Berlin. A careful play of documentation and artistry, my work focuses on concepts of femininity, power and identity, bringing humanity to the foreground.

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

My clients and publications include The New York Times, Vice Magazine, GEO, ZEIT Online, Spiegel Online, Financial Times, Wired, doc!photo magazine, BURN Magazine, Feature Shoot, New Internationalist, The Observer, Civilisation Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Focus Magazin, UNHCR, Humedica, No Means No Worldwide, Ujamaa Africa, Makhzoumi Foundation, and many others.

My photography gained international recognition through prestigious photo contests, such as the International Photography Awards, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Awards, The Photography Gala Awards, or the Moskow International Foto Awards. In 2018, I was granted the VG Bild Kunst Grant, and previously was shortlisted for the FotoVisura Photography Grant and BURN Magazine's Emerging Photographer Grant. My photography has been exhibited in London, Barcelona and LA.

After spending several years abroad, mainly in Asia and the Middle East, I moved back to Berlin in 2015, where I founded Goodlife Pictures, shooting authentic photo documentaries for corporate clients like NIKE, Porsche, and many others. Besides creating visual narratives, I love martial arts: I train Shaolin Kung Fu and teach women in Berlin Taekwondo and self-defense. Never tired of exploring, I have backpacked around the world visiting over 50 countries, and scuba dived my way through the seven seas. My nomadic lifestyle is facilitated by my fluency in German, English, and French, as well as intermediate Spanish and basic Arabic

I am a member of Women Photograph and am represented by laif photo agency.

I'm available for assignments worldwide. 


AWARDS/ GRANTS/ PRESS / EXHIBITIONS/ EDUCATION (Selected)

2018

ZEIT Online: Portrait photo assignment, online, August 2018

Open Society Foundations: Instagram Takeover with series 'Shosho Jikinge', August 2018

Spiegel Online: 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, July 2018, online

Vice Magazine: Series 'A Sword & A Sari' feature, online, June 2018

The New York Times: 'A Worldwide Teaching Program to Stop Rape', photos from series 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, online, June 2018, 

The Family of No Man: Part of group exhibition curated by Cosmos at Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, July 2018

VG Bildkunst Grant, Germany, recipient, June 2018

Civilization Magazine: '92 - Helga's Disappearance' feature, print 16 pages, May 2018

The International Photography Awards: Harmony Competition, Honorable Mention in People Category

NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards: Honorable Mention in Portrait Singles

5th Biennal of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, '92 - Helga's Disappearance' featured in group show, Barcelona October 2018 (TBA)

'Women seen by Women' Exhibition, '92 - Helga's Disappearance' featured in group show at Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, April 10-28

Financial Times: German police flex muscles to calm Cottbus refugee tensions, photo assignment,  print and online, February 2018

The Photography Gala Awards: Finalist in 'Women seen by Women' Competition with series '92 - Helga's Disappearance'


2017 

doc! photo talks: Artist talk about 'Shosho Jikinge' project, Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw, December 2017

doc! photo magazine: 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, print 20 pages, December 2017

VICE magazine: 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, September issue (print) & online, September 2017

BURN Diary – BURN Magazine's Instagram / Contributor, January 2017


2016

BURN magazine: '92 - Helga's Disappearance' feature, December 2016

International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention for series '92'

International Photography Awards: Family of Man Competition, Honorable Mention in Category Old Age/Death

International Photography Awards: Family of Man Competition, Honorable Mention in Category Childhood

International Photography Awards: Family of Man Competition, Honorable 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

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

GEO Wissen Magazine: 'HeartCore' feature (print), November 2016


 2015

GEO Kompakt Magazine: 'HeartCore' feature (print), June 2015

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


 2014

Feature Shoot: 'HeartCore' feature, September 2014

BURN magazine: 'HeartCore' feature, August 2014

'The Photographic Essay' Masterclass with David Alan Harvey/ Magnum Photos - selected, Dubai/UAE, March 2014


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 (German Academic Exchange Program) to study Journalism at New York University, NYC/USA