Charlotte Schmitz

la Puente
Location: Berlin
Nationality: German
Biography: Charlotte Schmitz' approach to her photography is deliberately personal and often subverts the traditional documentary approach, which allows her to convey her messages about women and migration. She grew up in the Danish Minority in Germany... read on
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la Puente
Credits: charlotte schmitz
Updated: 04/05/20
Location: Machala Ecuador

Women are misrepresented, and underrepresented in all forms of media and sex work is no exception. The majority of sex workers are women, yet most visual projects are done by men and often fail to accentuate how women want to be seen. La Puente gives a new perspective on a somewhat clichéd subject matter and creates a space for a nuanced and relatable depth to individuals by allowing them to create their own narratives and thus challenges stereotyping and common portrayals of sex workers.

The images were created in collaboration with the women in La Puente, who chose their own poses and became part of the creative process by applying nail polish on their polaroids to hide their identities. This inclusion of women into the creative process allowed them to create their own narratives and thereby increase their representation.  Participatory photography is a foundational method to Charlotte Schmitz’ art as it minimizes any unbalanced structure that appears as a result of the photographic process, and allows to form a deeper and more complex understanding of the people involved.

The books are purchasable via my publisher FotoEvidence for 35$, or drop me an email

An interview with The British Journal of Photography about my work & book:


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take me to jermany

By Charlotte Schmitz — 2016 This project chronicles the dangerous journey of refugees towards Europe. It turns its characters into..


By Charlotte Schmitz — 2017 Berlin - Tunis  Najet Adouani, Tunisian poet and journalist, sent me to places in Tunisia, where..

garden of lost dreams

By Charlotte Schmitz

çok güzelim, çok güzel

By Charlotte Schmitz / Istanbul — - I am so beautiful, so beautiful - 2013 - ongoing This project focuses on the private space of women in a..


By Charlotte Schmitz / Hanover — 2014 I photographed places where people had sex. - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover Prof. Dr...

living in light, air and sun

By Charlotte Schmitz / Berlin — (2014) In the late 1950s the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius planned a satellite town in the suburbs of..

yo soy lo que soy

By Charlotte Schmitz / Ecuador — - I am who I am - (2013) Southern Ecuador is home to about 100 of the world’s 300 people suffering..
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