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    Charlotte Schmitz

  • Location: Istanbul
    Nationality: German
    Biography:     *1988 near Cologne, Germany Charlotte Schmitz grew up in the cultural environment of the danish minority near Flensburg. After an exchange year in Ecuador, she graduated from a danish secondary school. She studied photojournalism and... read on

Take me to Jermany - Exhibition and Artist Talk

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | News | Exhibitions

I was invited by Nazareth College in Rochester and the University of Indiana for showing my work "Take me to Jermany" and to talk about the current situation of refugees in Turkey and Europe. 

In Bloomington my work was part of the Art & Refugee symposium with a day full of great panel discussions.
Special thanks to Deborah Haber who discovered my pictures more than a year ago on CNN online and who made all this possible.



Article in OAI13 Magazine

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | News

Nathalie Hof wrote an article about my work from Balat (Istanbul) »çok güzelim, çok güzel« for the french Magazine OAI13.

To read the full article follow this link: 

Documentary in the German national TV

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | News

A documentary by Yasemin Ergin and Katharina Willinger was shown yesterday in the German national TV, ndr. It is about the situation of young people in Turkey - my exhibition opening in Balat, Istanbul, last September and my friends from the neighbourhood are a part of the documentary as well.

If interested, please have a look:

And an article on SPIEGEL online:

Women in Photography: 34 Voices from Around the World

Monday, March 20, 2017 | News | Awards & Features

I was feautured among many great women from around the world on TIME Lightbox. In case you haven't seen it yet, have a look:


Exhibition at FotoForum

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | News

Two articles about my exhibition in FotoForum in the Austrian newspapers "Tiroler Tageszeitung" and "Kronen Zeitung" 

How much do you love Erdoğan?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | News

An article about women, their love to Erdoğan and Turkey with a few pictures from my work "How much do you love Erdoğan?", which I photographed right after the failed  military coup in July 2016 on Taksim-Square, Istanbul. 

Exhibition at FotoForum

Monday, February 13, 2017 | News | Exhibitions

Last week we opened a solo exhibition at FotoForum in Innsbruck, Austria, curated by Nicolas Hafele.

My two works "çok güzelim, çok güzel" and "la puente" can be seen there until the 02. of March. 

Diving For Democracy Exhibition

Monday, February 13, 2017 | News | Exhibitions

A permanent exhibition at Goethe Exil in Hanover, Germany.

For more information follow Diving For Democracy on facebook and instagram: #divingfordemocracy

La Puente in uniSPIEGEL 6/2016

Monday, February 13, 2017 | News

Three pictures of my latest work 'La Puente' in uniSPIEGEL 6/2016 from December last year.

WOMEN LOOKING AT WOMEN - Curated by Susan Meiselas

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | News

WOMEN LOOKING AT WOMEN - The current issue of Raw View Magazine was curated by Susan Meiselas and I am happy to share some pages together with very inspiring women photographers such as Alice Austen, the people from Casa Susanna, Abigail Heyman, Clarissa Sligh, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jen Davis, Olivia Arthur, Joana Choumali, Lua Ribeira and a text by Kerry Manders. 

»This current issue features 22 photographers from around the world, ranging from late ninetenth century to the present day. The subjects are varied and always intimate and bold. The stories often confront difficult themes but do so with a fearlessness and integrity.« - Hannamari Shakya. 


Publication in ZENITH

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | News

Pictures of the series »How much do you love Erdoğan?« were published in ZENITH, an independent german magazine which focuses on the arab and islamic world. 

The issue was »Long live the Republic« and focused on Turkey after the attempted military coup.
I asked celebrating women on Taksim Square shortyl after the coup, how much they love Erdoğan. 

Publication in der SPIEGEL

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | News

”The boats are arriving again" Article by Turkey Correspondent for der SPIEGEL Maximilian Popp about the deal between EU and Turkey and the situation in Izmir and Lesvos.

Nr 42 / 15-10-2016

Portrait of Seyran Ateş

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | News

A photo I took of Seyran Ateş published in the current magazine DONNA —»Multiculti is not a political concept«

Exhibition in Istanbul

Friday, September 23, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

»Çok güzelim, çok güzel / I am so beautiful, so beautiful«

After two years of living in Balat / Istanbul, I moved out of my big old house and turned it to an exhibition, which the Turkish photographer Cemre Yeşil beautifully curated.

Fore more informations about the exhibition please follow this link. https://madmimi.com/p/644aa8

If you are around Istanbul, I would be happy to see you for a coffee in my house.

21-09 — 30.09.201 // Visiting hours: 12-19h


Publication in GEO magazine

Friday, September 23, 2016 | News

The story of two young people in Turkey, who once where good friends. A leftist young student and a conservative AKP supporter. Their broken relation, is as well the story of their country.
The writer Christopher Piltz and I accompanied them before and after the attempted military coup. 


»Realpräsenz« group exhibition in Düsseldorf / Betonbox

Saturday, September 3, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

Group exhibition »Realpräsenz« in Betonbox (Düsseldorf), 02.09.-09.09.2016
12 artists, from different fields, all about »real presence«. 

Nathalie Bertrams (photography), Mavi Garci (perfomance/installation), Susanne Hille (singing installation), Peter Hoelscher (video), Hycinta Hovestadt (sculpture), Jiny Lan (painting), Gabriele Kaiser-Schanz (sculpture/installation), Ruth-Esther Mensah (text/perfomance), Lydia Peter (sculpture), Charlotte Schmitz (photography), Thorsten Schoth (sculpture), Herbert Willems (sculpture).

For more information:

Publication in the danish newspaper 'Information'

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | News

I have photographed Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Syrian writer and dissident, a few months ago in Istanbul for the danish newspaper Information.



How much do you love Erdogan?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | News

»He is a saviour for our country. He is our commander. He is our life, our blood, our homeland, our everything.«

I asked women on Taksim-Square, after the attempted coup, if they can show how much they love Erdoğan.
Many of them have never been on the Taksim before.

Some pictures were published in Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland) yesterday and more on their photoblog.



Publication in die ZEIT

Sunday, July 10, 2016 | News

Article by Michael Allmaier about the current situation and tourism in Alanya, Turkey

Publication in die ZEIT

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | News

I photographed Seyran Ates, who wants to establish a liberal mosque in Berlin, for her article in the current die ZEIT. 

Exhibition in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

My project »Take me to Jermany« is currently being showed at a solo exhibition in Istanbul. If you are arround, please step by.

05.05 - 15.05 // 11:00 - 17:00
at SUPA, Suriye Pasaji Salon
Istiklal Cad. No. 166, Istanbul 

Publication in die ZEIT

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | News

A portrait I photographed last week in the current die ZEIT

I'm taking over the VISURA Instagram this week!

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | News

Hey, hey - I'm taking over the VISURA Instagram this week (https://www.instagram.com/visura.co/)!!
If you want to see and know more about my home area in Balat/Istanbul, follow us (@visura.co)

Publication in der SPIEGEL (12/2016)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | News

An article about a father, who traveled with his little son to Germany and who is waiting for the rest of the family to come - his wife and three more wonderful sons, who are having a difficult life in Istanbul (13-15 hours of working every day). Due to the change of laws in Germany, more and more families will remain divided. Even if a family reunion is possible, an appointment at the German embassy in Turkey will take around one year.
Written by Maximilian Popp

Take me to Jermany - new project online

Friday, March 11, 2016 | News

I started taking instant pictures of arriving people on Lesvos, I met many people sharing their thoughts with me on the Greek/Macedonian border, which is closed for them, I spent some days at chaotic LAGESO in Berlin, I went to a camp close to the Syrian border, visited Izmir, where people are waiting to take the boats, and met some of the people again back in Germany. 

I live in Istanbul and Berlin and can easily move between these two cities, within just 2h50 hours in plane. Many friends needed weeks for the travels, some months...and now it seems impossible for all people to arrive to Germany or other destinations. Around 13.000 people are right now stuck under horrible conditions in Eidomeni. Europe is just watching and making deals with Turkey, hoping not many more people will cross the borders. 

To see some of the instant pictures, please visit my website:

SPIEGEL online - Turkish/Syrian border

Monday, February 15, 2016 | News

I have been to the Turkish/Syrian border last week, together with Maximilian Popp. Tenthousands of people, fleeing from the bombardments on Aleppo and surrounding, are waiting in front of the Turkish border. Only injured people are allowed to enter Turkey and are being treated there.
Text in German, Video in German/Arabic. 


New project online + Publication in der uniSPIEGEL

Sunday, February 14, 2016 | News

I updated my homepage with a new project (http://charlotteschmitz.com/scenes), which also got published in the current der uniSPIEGEL - a magazine of der SPIEGEL for young people at University. 
I took pictures with a polaroid camera of places at my University, where people had sex.

Publication - Tagesanzeiger

Friday, January 29, 2016 | News

Some of my pictures about the Laron-Syndrome were published in the Swiss newspaper »Tagesanzeiger« last weekend. 

Orhan Pamuk - der SPIEGEL

Friday, January 29, 2016 | News

I took pictures of the Nobel Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk last week for der SPIEGEL. 

Publication - Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | News

Happy to see an article by Boris Herrmann and two of my photos on 'Die Seite Drei', which is my always favorite page in die Süddeutsche Zeitung (29.12)

New project published in der SPIEGEL

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | News

I started taking pictures of arriving people on Lesvos some weeks ago, I met many people sharing their thoughts with me on the Greek/Macedonian border, I spent some days at chaotic LAGESO in Berlin, I will soon go to places in Turkey, on the Balkans and in Germany. I wanted people to share their own thoughts and stories, instead of me doing it for them.

Some of my pictures from Eidomeni were published in the last der SPIEGEL (24.12). 

Publication in the current die ZEIT

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | Awards & Features

I have been on Lesvos last week, a Greek island, where most of the refugees are arriving to after crossing the sea from Turkey. 

Publication in der SPIEGEL (43/2015)

Friday, October 30, 2015 | Awards & Features

.In the last SPIEGEL, a text from Maximilian Popp about the current situation in Turkey and the bombing in Ankara, and pictures by me. The tablet version contained more photos and some comments from me. 

current ZEIT (Travel)

Friday, October 16, 2015 | News

.Two pictures I took last week in the current ZEIT (Travel Part). 

Feridun Zaimoglu for der SPIEGEL

Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Awards & Features

I photographed Feridun Zaimoglu, german/turkish writer and artist, some weeks ago in Istanbul. Wonderful text from Volker Weidermann about Feridun's new book (Siebentürmeviertel) and my pictures can be seen in the current edition of »der SPIEGEL«.The tablet-Version includes a Video.

Publications in »der SPIEGEL«

Sunday, August 9, 2015 | News

Some publications from assignments of der SPIEGEL.

Featured on SLATE Magazine

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | News

SLATE Magazine published some pictures of my »Yo Soy Lo Que Soy« Project. Thank you very much David Rosenberg!

To view article, click here

»T R A N.S.C E N D« Exhibition in Istanbul

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | News

20.04 – 27.04.2015 // SUPA Suriye Pasajı Salon // Opening Hours: 10h-17h // İstiklal Caddesi No. 166 // Exhibition Opening: 20.04.2015 – 19h00

Mads Nissen, Pierre Liebaert, Christian Werner, Anna-Kristina Bauer, Andy Spyra, Rebecka Uhlin, Kerim Can Ertuğ, Esa Ylijaasko, Lilli Breininger

across. rise above. go beyond. rising motion of water. 

The exhibition »TRAN.S.CEND« shows different facets of IDENTITY. Interpersonal relations. Intimate moments. Memories. Collective identities. Crossing the world to adulthood. Sexual identity. Repression. Search for identity.

What is it like to live with forbidden love in Russia? Legal and social discrimination, persecution, harassment and violent 'hate crime' attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI). 

Mads Nissen's intimate picture of Jon and Alex, a gay couple in St. Petersburg, was recently honoured with the World Press Photo of the year 2014. 

This exhibition goes along with the »International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival«, which main topic is IDENTITY and that will take place from the 24th to 26th of April 2015 in Istanbul.


I curated this exhibition...If any of you is around Istanbul next Monday (20.04), step by, would be happy to see you at the exhibition opening!

Facebook-Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601300643450908/


Monday, March 9, 2015 | News

.Huhuu people,

I have decided to open my instagram account for everyone. Mobile photos only. Feel free to follow me - @chardelotte.

Cheers from Istanbul

thank you LFI

Monday, March 2, 2015 | News

.I recieved a m9 from LFI-Magazine to work on my project »çok güzelim, çok güzel«. Now, after three month, it is time to give it back again. I will miss it!!

Many thanks to Carol Körting from LFI-Magazine (www.lfi-online.de).

To see a few of the pictures, visit my website: www.charlotteschmitz.com


Saturday, February 7, 2015 | News

.in this week's uniSPIEGEL: an article about the clashes between IS supporters and leftist students at Istanbul University, with pictures by me.

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