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Steffi self-portrait

 

Born in Cologne, Germany; currently based in Berlin.

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 the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

FinalistĀ of the EyeEm Award 2018 in Photojournalism, of the 11th Julia M. Cameron Award, and shortlisted for the Observer Hodge Award.

Exhibitions include the upcoming 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography Barcelona 2018 and Berlin Photo Week 2018; Alex Proud Gallery, London (Observer Hodge Award); Old Truman Brewery, London (DnAD ‚New Blood‘); London Guildhall University (Spitalfields Project); Maison Bertaux, Soho, London; Forum Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

Featured in several international publications (Norr magazine, Weekend Viaggio, Observer Hodge Award).

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 as my family and community is central to my work. 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.