I am a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City and Berlin. My projects are rooted in my longstanding interest in social justice and telling stories about vulnerable communities and the fragility of life. In the past I have worked on stories revolving around the effects of criminal justice on families (in the US), and since 2015 I have been documenting refugees along the migrant trail, and after their arrival in Germany.
I have a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature, English, and Film History from the University of Mainz. After a career in academia and publishing I turned to documentary photography. In 2014 I graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP), where I received the Lisette Model Scholarship, and the Rita K. Hillman Award for Excellence.
In 2016 I was listed by PDN as one of 30 new and emerging photographers to watch, and I was shortlisted for the CDS Photo Essay prize (2016). I was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship (2015), was the Grand Prize Winner in the Rangefinder Portraiture Competition (2014), and have received honorable mention in the video category of the International Photography Awards ipa (2014).
My work has been published by The New York Times, Mother Jones, VICE, Rangefinder Magazine, Makeshift Magazine, Medium, @everydayincarceration, and others.
CLIENTS include GEO, The Village Voice, Al Jazeera, The International Rescue Committee, and the Goethe-Institute.
AWARDS & GRANTS
2016 PDN 30
2016 Shortlisted for the CDS Photo Essay prize
2015 Shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship | Picture Taken
2014 Rangefinder Grand Prize Winner | Portraiture Competition
2014 Honorable Mention | Video | International Photography Awards
2014 Rita K. Hillman Award for Excellence at ICP
2014 Lisette Model Scholarship at ICP
2016 Art, Process, and the Aesthetic Experience. Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Y, NYC (Sept - Nov)
2016 Refugee Camera. Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover, Edinburgh, Milan, Palermo
2016 Prisons Today. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
2014 Elective Affinities. International Center of Photography, New York (June- August)