Photo: Giuseppe Vaccaro

Nadja Wohlleben is an independent German photojournalist, 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.

Nadja’s work gained international recognition through prestigious photo contests, such as the International Photography Awards, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Awards, FotoVisura Photography Grant, The Photography Gala Awards, or the Moskow International Foto Awards. Her publications and clients include Vice, GEO, doc!photo magazine, Financial Times, Burn, Wired, Feature Shoot, New Internationalist, The Observer, and others. She has collaborated with international and local NGO’s like UNHCR, Humedica, No Means No Worldwide, Ujamaa Africa, or Makhzoumi Foundation.

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.

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 corporate clients like NIKE, Porsche, 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 a member of laif photo agency and Women Photograph.

AWARDS/ PRESS / EXHIBITIONS/ EDUCATION (Selected)

2018


International Photography Awards: Harmony Competition, Honorable Mention for 'Spirituality' in People Category
NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards: Honorable Mention for 'Shosho Helen' 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

2017

  • doc! photo magazine: 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, print, 20 pages, Dec. Vol.O7 #42
  • VICE magazine: 'Shosho Jikinge' feature, September issue (print) & online
  • BURN Diary – BURN Magazine's Instagram / Contributor

2016


2015

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

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