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NADJA WOHLLEBEN is an independent photojournalist, documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist based in Berlin, Germany. Besides her intimate personal work, she focusses on women, identity and human rights. Nadja is specifically interested in stories about women warriors. Since 2017, she has been working on her long-term project AMAZONS, for which she collects stories of inspiring, fighting females around the world, ultimately creating an atlas of warrior women worldwide. 

Nadja is a member of Women Photograph and is represented by laif photo agency. 

Her editorial clients and publications include Der Spiegel, Stern, The New York Times, GEO, Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, Open Society Foundations, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zeit Online, Vice, Spiegel Online, Days Japan, 6Mois, Wired, doc!photo magazine, New Internationalist, The Observer, Chinese Photographer Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, taz, neues deutschland, Focus Magazin, Der Freitag, Fluter, among others.

Nadja’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has received international recognition at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards, International Photography Awards, Burn Emerging Photographer Grant, FotoVisura Photography Grant, The Photography Gala Awards, and Moscow International Foto Awards.

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 realising that photography was the ideal tool to combine her interests, Nadja majored in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London, earning her second master’s degree with distinction in September 2013.

After university she continued her education in workshops with David Alan Harvey and Ron Haviv. She has assisted Robin Hammond in Berlin, David Alan Harvey in Dubai, and Venetia Dearden in London.

Besides creating visual narratives, Nadja loves martial arts: she trains Shaolin Kung Fu since two decades, is a Taekwondo (2nd Dan) teacher and gives self-defense workshops for women. In 2018, Nadja co-developed the app MIGHTY Self-Defense for Women.

 Nadja has traveled to over 50 countries. Her nomadic lifestyle is facilitated by her fluency in German, English and French, as well as intermediate Spanish and very basic Arabic.

NADJA WOHLLEBEN | Documentary Photographer & Photojournalist

Nadja Wohlleben is an independent German photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Berlin. A careful play of documentation and artistry, Nadja’s work focuses on concepts of femininity, power and identity.
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