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Steffi self-portrait

 

Born in Cologne, Germany.

Background in Photography, Fine Arts and Design with course work at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Central Saint Martins College, London; and a BA Hons at London Guildhall University.

Group exhibitions at (selection): Alex Proud Gallery, London (Observer Hodge Award); Old Truman Brewery, London (DnAD ‚New Blood‘); London Guildhall University (Spitalfields Project). Solo shows at (selection): Maison Bertaux, Soho, London; Forum Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

My work from the last 20 years focuses largely on identity, family and the act of looking. Having been inspired by female artists such as Francesca Woodman, Claude Cahun, Cindy Sherman and Melanie Manchot, I have always been aiming to dissect the male gaze and produce images that strengthen and promote a female perspective in real life as well as in my photography.

I feel that being creative has to start with myself -self-portraits- or extensions of myself – my loved ones. My photographs are a study of family in a wider sense and can almost be seen as a circle, looking for closure. It was my grandfather photographer who greatly inspired me to take photos and who gave me my first camera. ‚A Photograph Saved My Life‘ is dedicated to him.

I am also a mother of five.