• Nadja Wohlleben

    Documentary Photographer & Cultural Anthropologist
         
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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
    Nationality: German
    Biography: 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. I am specifically... read on
Biography

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. I am specifically interested in stories about females who fight against gender based violence, striving to improve their life circumstances in their respective societies. My photography brings 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

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.