About

With a solid background in photography and art history, I curate, edit and write about photography internationally. As artistic director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, I am engaged with diverse aspects of expression – which communicate themes of social, political, environmental and aesthetic relevance of our times. Additionally, I consult and curate for festivals, foundations and awards.

Statement

The first photograph, which touched my life was of my parents leaving the hospital after I was born: they look genuinely happy, staring down at me. This black and white silver gelatin, single- weight paper print, with serrated edges (a decorative attribute of the time) continues today to make me feel satisfied, almost like a lucky charm. Most of us are exposed to photography within seconds, hours or days of coming into the world. A day does not go by that I am not fascinated with the impact that photography has on our lives: how people use photography to express themselves, investigate and experience life, see the world and influence how we see as well as make us question what we cannot see, but feel in a photograph. I learn every time I look at new work or edit work. As a curator, my priority is to provide platforms for the future of photography, even when it involves the past.

Education

  • 1985 - 86 | German at Deutsche Akademische Akademie, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1982 - 83 | Travelled throughout Europe
  • 1982 | BA Art History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (US)
  • 1980 | Photography studies, New York University (US)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 1992 - heute | Künstlerische Leiterin, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (DE)
  • 2018 | Guest Lecturer Institut für Kunstpädagogik/Schwerpunkt. Visuelle Kultur, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (DE)
  • 2017 - heute | Mentor Olympus Recommended Art Fellowship (DE)
  • 2011 - 2015 | Guest lecturer, Curating Photography, Philips University, Marburg (DE)
  • 2009 - 2010 | Guest lecturer, Photo Theory, University of Applied Science, Wiesbaden (DE)
  • 2009 & 2014 | Lecturer, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2008 – 2009 | Lehrauftrag Photo Theory, University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden (DE)
  • 2007 | Guest lecturer, Critical Photographic Theory, Chungang University, Anseong/Seoul, graduates and undergraduates, and at Sanmyong University, Cheonan/Seoul (KP)
  • 2007 | Mentor & lecturer, ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation) Forum for Photographers, Cork and Dublin (IE)
  • 1987 - 1992 | Curator and Art Consultant for Photography, Stuttgart (DE)
  • 1983 - 1985 | Director of Education, Gallier House Museum, New Orleans (US)
  • JURY MEMBER (selection):
  • 2018 | Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IL)
  • 2017 – 2019 | Olympus Camera Recommended Fellowship (NL/DE)
  • 2017 | Nominator for German/Austria/Switzerland ING Unseen Talent Award (NL)
  • 2017 | Architecture Photography Prize in cooperation with German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt: Jury President (DE)
  • 2013 | Carmignac Photojournalism Award Final Jury (FR)
  • 2010 – heute | Nominating Committee, Prix Pictet Award for Photography (CH)
  • 2010 | Photo-Book Award, Kassel (DE)
  • 2007 | Award Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères (FR)
  • 2006 | European Central Bank Annual Photography Award (DE)
  • 1994 - 2000 | Lead Awards for Photography (DE)
  • 1998 | Dr. Erich Salomon Award (DE)
  • PORTFOLIO REVIEWER:
  • 2011 | Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal (CA)
  • 2010 | Encontros da Imagem, Braga (PT)
  • 2008 & 2011 | Lodz Fotofestiwal (PL)
  • 2008 & 2010 | Thessaloniki (GR)
  • 2008 – 2011 | Photo Book Festival, Kassel (DE)
  • 2006 | Fotofest Beijing (CN)
  • 2005 | Photolucida Portland (US)
  • 2004 & 2006 | Bratislava Fotofest (SK)
  • 2000 – 2008 | Rhubarb-Rhubarb (UK)
  • 2000 – 2019 | PhotoEspana (ES)
  • 1993 - 2013 | Rencontres Arles (FR)
  • 1991 – 2020 | Houston FotoFest (US)

Personal Website

http://www.fffrankfurt.org

Galleries

Curated Exhibition | Danube Revisited. The Inge Morath Project (2016 - 2018)

Curated Exhibition | Danube Revisited. The Inge Morath Project (2016 - 2018)

An exhibition of Fundación Telefonica in cooperation with Fotohof Salzburg. Fundación Telefonica, Madrid 26. May - 19. September 2016 Fotografie Forum Frankfurt 25. February – 28. May 2017 Landesmuseum Linz 24. May – 2. September 2018 Magnum photographer Inge Morath made numerous trips along the Danube River from 1958–1994 creating a seminal body of work expressing the regions’ life before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar in spirit, a group of eight female photographers from around the world decided to make their journey to honor Inge Morath by re-visiting the Danube. They named their work-in-progress Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project. In the summer of 2014 Olivia Arthur, Lurdes Basoli, Kathryn Cook, Jessica Dimmock, Claudia Guardarrama, Claire Martin, Emily Schiffer and Ami Vitale – all recipients of the Inge Morath Award for photography began their adventures along Europe’s second-largest waterway. The exhibition premiers the contemporary photographers’ work made during 2014 and a selection of Inge Morath’s photographs.

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Curated Exhibition | Rock. Funk. Punk (2017)

Curated Exhibition | Rock. Funk. Punk (2017)

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt 10. June – 27. August 2017 The exhibition ROCK.FUNK.PUNK. presents unique photographs of legendary musicians and concerts from the late 1960s until today. In the spotlight are photographs of Rock, Funk and Punk and the legacy of these genres in the current music scene. Over 150 images of Michael L. Abramson, Susan Barnett, Pep Bonet, Anton Corbijn, Stanley Greene, Bob Gruen, Gijsbert Hanekroot, Barbara Klemm, Günter & Felix Pfannmüller as well as Derek Ridgers show the internationally famous clubs and stages – from the alternative Punk Club Scene in San Francisco in the 1970s to the annual ‘Rock am Ring’ festival at the Nürburgring, one of the largest music events worldwide.

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Curated Exhibition | Michel Campeau. The donkey that became a Zebra: Darkroom Stories. (2019)

Curated Exhibition | Michel Campeau. The donkey that became a Zebra: Darkroom Stories. (2019)

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt 13. July – 22. September 2019 Obsessed with photography – that is Michel Campeau in the very best sense. The photographer has explored the medium throughout his artistic career. The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt presents different bodies of work that demonstrate Campeau’s cravings for a multi-faceted play with photography. The focus is on Campeau's often tongue-in-cheek principle: he constructs his biography with his own images as well as others'. On view are prints photographed, collected and reproduced by Campeau, including insights into darkrooms and photographs of photographic accessories. The exhibition presents the transformation from analogue to multimedia photography – and Michel Campeau's fascination for the time before digital intoxication.

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Curated Exhibition | Imogen Cunningham (2012 - 2013)

Curated Exhibition | Imogen Cunningham (2012 - 2013)

An exhibition from Fundación Mapfre in cooperation with the Imogen Cunningham Trust, curated by Celina Lunsford. 14. September 2012 -20. Januar 2013. Versicherungskammer Bayern 19. February to 28. April 2013; Kulturhuset Stockholm 24 May to 8 September 2013. Imogen Cunningham (1883 – 1976) chose at an early age to become a photographer and a working woman outside of the home: for her generation two unusual choices. This determination culminated in working as a photographer for over seventy years. Throughout her professional life and into her later years, she became a living legend. Her existence was formed by a string of choices, which led her to be with other peers of historical-artistic importance and help define modernism in photographic art. This exhibition included of all aspects and time periods of Cunningham’s artistic oeuvre: Portraits, nudes, plant forms, street, architecture and experimental double exposures are all represented. Numerous images on view have never before been exhibited.

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