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...
Oskar B., 4, embraces his mother Claudia, 37, inside their room at a women's shelter. Claudia was married to Oskar's father, an abusive drug addict, for almost ten years when she finally decided to leave him in April 2016. Claudia eventually found the courage to escape the circle of violence after her husband attempted to poison her, she said. At an earlier point he drugged and raped her and continuously threatened to kill her. According to WHO 25% of women in Germany and almost 30% worldwide have been subjected to domestic violence. Globally, 38% of recorded murder cases against women have been committed by an intimate partner. Berlin, GERMANY, June 7, 2016.
Sarah S., 18, says the most traumatic experience of her life was when her father cut off her long hair during an argument. Shortly afterwards, her mother left her abusive husband. For years the family lived in fear. Berlin, GERMANY, August 19, 2016.
Anastasia Biefang - Military commander, for STERN Magazine ----------- Anastasia Biefang, 45, is a commander at the German Bundeswehr. She was born a man and felt trapped in the wrong body for a long time. It took her 20 years to come out in front of her parents and colleagues, who supported her choice of undergoing a full gender transition. Today, she said, she is happy that her body finally suits her.
Dia Monawar - for ZEIT Online ------------ Dia Monawar, 23, works as a waiter in the Restaurant 'Kreuzberger Himmel' in Berlin. Mr. Monawar is from Damaskus, Syria, and lives in Germany since two years. Berlin, GERMANY, July 30, 2018.
Moran Sanderovich - for TAZ newspaper ------------ Moran Sanderovich, 37, “My art gives me the possibility to observe and research private and collective topics in a different way such as monstrous, scary, revolting." Berlin, GERMANY, September 13, 2018.
Self-portrait. Since the Corona crisis started, my mood has been changing rapidly. At times I feel blue, like I woke up to the worst nightmare dystopia. Other times I feel positive that this unprecedented situation will bring a much needed change to our awareness and ultimately lead to a better world for all beings. Berlin, Germany, April 2, 2020.
Marianne Spring-Räumschüssel, politican - for THE FINANCIAL TIMES ------------ 'There is a sense that the country is losing its bearings,' says Marianne Spring-Räumschüssel, leader of the AfD group in the Cottbus local council, pictured inside Cottbus' town house. Cottbus, GERMANY, January 31, 2018.
Jonathan Niclaus, designer - for TAZ newspaper ------------ Jonathan Niclaus, 26, works as Designer und Art Director in Berlin. For Niclaus, his graphic works are travels away from the digital world. His drawings, graphics, and paintings explore the aesthetics of form and color in a nostalgic way. Berlin, GERMANY, October 24, 2018.
Elizabeth Kamau - for NO MEANS NO WORLDWIDE ------------ Elizabeth Kamau, 60, portrayed inside her hut in the Korogocho township "I like being a good role model to children by showing them that a woman can be strong and empowered", she said. Elizabeth has been training with the 'Shosho Jikinge' (Engl.: 'Grandmother defend yourself') group since five years and has successfully applied self-defense techniques to fight off potential sexual attackers.
Amina - for HUMEDICA ------------ Syrian refugee Amina with four of her five children in their tent. || She is the center of their lives as their father or other male figures are absent. Many female refugees are single parents, as their husbands have gone missing or been killed in the Syrian war. Bekaa Valley, LEBANON, September 5, 2014.
Meenakshi Raghavan 'Gurukkhal, 76, practices a 'Kalaripayattu' sword choreography at the 'Kadathanad Kalari Sangham' school and temple. Here, she teaches around 150 students of all ages and genders fighting techniques and weaponry. Vatakara, Kerala, INDIA , September 23, 2017. ------------ From the series 'A Sword & A Sari'
Helen Wairimu, 106, is the oldest participant of the ‘Shosho Jikinge’ (Engl.: ‘Grandmother defend yourself’) group in the Korogocho township. A rape survivor, Helen has been training self-defense techniques with around 20 other women, aged between 55-106 years, for six years. In 2016, a heavy-set, young man came to Helen’s hut and raped her. Helen still participates in the class every week, eager to encourage the other women to train harder through her role as a survivor. Nairobi, KENYA, February 28, 2017. ------------ From the series 'Shosho Jikinge'