Photographer Claudia Wiens

The camera is my tool to discover the world and to connect to people.


BIO

Claudia Wiens is a German photographer, artist and author currently living in Seville, Spain. She lived and worked for 10 years in Egypt and seven in Turkey. She holds a Master’s degree in photo design from the University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Dortmund, Germany.

 

Her work has appeared in international publications (magazines, newspapers), such as GEO, Stern, New York Times Magazine and The Guardian and she works frequently for a number of organisations, including UNICEF, GIZ and Johns Hopkins.

 

Claudia Wiens is the author of three photo books: Coptic Life in Egypt, focusing on the religious traditions and social life of the country’s Christians; and a previously undocumented portrayal of daily life in Myanmar/Burma, Of Dung-beetle Messengers and Infamous Crickets. This was supported by a project grant from the German institution VG Bildkunst. Her latest book "Schuhgroesse 37" tells the story about women's football in Palestine, Egypt, Turkey and Berlin.

 

Her work is frequently featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues like the Kestner Museum (Hanover), Antikenmuseum (Basel), Kreuzbergmuseum (Berlin), HOST Gallery (London) and several Goethe Institutes. In 2013 she received the Border Crossers grant from Robert Bosch Foundation for her long term photo project “Post Revolution art and artists in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya”.

 

She also regularly teaches photography workshops internationally.

 

Her expertise and knowledge, from over 17 years of living in the Middle Eastern region and her fluency in Arabic, has allowed her to develop a style of rare intimacy and insight of Middle Eastern culture that has grown into a signature of her work.

 

CLIENTS (SELECTION)

International Magazines, Newspapers, Agencies: GEO, GEO Special, GEOlino, Der SPIEGEL, Stern, Wallpaper* Magazine, COLORS Magazin, Chrismon, SZ Wissen Magazin, Junge Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BBC World, Newsweek, Bloomberg Magazin, Reuters, Getty Images, epa/dpa, Madame, Abenteuer Reisen Magazin, Marco Polo Reiseführer, Merian Reiseführer, Marie Claire UK, Elf Freunde Magazin, Al Ahram, Cairo Times, The National, Deutsche Welle

 

Museums, Organisations, Institutes, Hotels: Kestner Museum Hannover, Antikenmuseum Basel, Kreuzbergmueseum, UNDP, UNICEF, Johns Hopkins, GIZ, SOS Kinderdorf, Goethe Institutes, Four Seasons Hotel, Steigenberger Hotel, Iberhotel, Hilton International, Abercrombie and Kent, Orascom, BP, Benetton, ThyssenKrupp

 

Countries I worked in: Germany, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Gambia, Rwanda, England, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao, Belarus, Seychelles, Mexico, Greece, Spain, Guatemala, Cuba

 

LANGUAGES

German (mother tongue), English (fluent), Egyptian-Arabic (spoken medium to fluently), Turkish (medium), Spanish (medium)

 

 

A PERSONAL NOTE

Like many other photographers I also feel the strong decline of photojournalistic work. I do more assignments for NGOs, but I feel it is time to diversify more. I’m in a transformation period where I incorporate more of my other talents and experiment with possibilities. I recently started a second IG account @everydaysustainable where I post ideas, solutions and possibilities about a sustainable and holistic lifestyle (a YouTube channel will follow later this year). This is something that is close to my heart and I generally do lots of research into alternative ways of living, an area where I would love to do more assignments and collaborations as well.

 

As I am a yoga instructor and reiki practitioner as well, I started to teach yoga (again) but now with the idea to combine it at some point with photography and creativity and also coaching (especially for women). Since 2011 I have regularly been teaching photography workshops. But I’m actually a bit tired of the classical approach of teaching and I would love to add to the classical approach of teaching a more holistic way that incorporates body, heart and mind. I think synergies are very important and in fact they help myself a lot with my creative work.

To some people the connection between those fields might not be clear immidiately. But if you think of it when I photograph people I have to connect to them on a deeper level, I have to listen, I have to create a safe space where they feel comfortable to be photographed in. I have to be able to create a calm energy in order to take intimate photos or portraits. My skills from practicing yoga, meditation and mindfullness support me in establishing this connection.

 

I also continue to have exhibitions, something I have always loved doing. Nothing is more satisfying for the artist in me than printing photos on lovely art photography papers. The moment when you can touch and smell the paper the story inside the image becomes alive again.

 

Most of my photos are available for purchase as a print (not only the images that you see in the Art section) on either fine art paper or especially chosen material for a certain image. I generally sell my photos only as very small limited editions and each picture comes accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Please contact me for available sizes, price, and handling.

 

CV

EDUCATION

1996 – 2002 University of Applied Science and Arts Dortmund, GER, Faculty of Design

Feb 2002 MSc Photo-Design with “Coptic Life in Egypt” under Prof Heiner Schmitz

1992-1996 Ruhr University Bochum, GER, Faculty of Philology and Faculty of History

June 1996 BA in Art History and Italian

 

WORK EXPERIENCE (SELECTION)

1995 – NOW Freelance Photographer, Artist, Author and Photography Workshop Facilitator

March 2016 Photography Workshop Facilitator in Barcelona, Spain

May 2014 Photography Workshop Facilitator in Istanbul, Turkey

December 2013 Photography Workshop Facilitator for Robert Bosch

Foundation/Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt

Nov 2011 Photography Training Facilitator for WFP Communication Officers at WFP Regional Communication Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

May 2011 Photography Workshop Facilitator for Goethe Institute in Khartoum, Sudan

Feb – May 2006 Audio-Visual Adviser for UNDP in Cairo, development of a database for films and photos

1995 – 1999 Freelance Photographer for German newspaper Westfälische Rundschau, journalistic photography (portraits, sport, conzerts, news)

 

From 1999 – 2009 Lives in Cairo, Egypt

From April 2009 - Dec 2015 Lives in Istanbul and Cairo

Since Dec 2015 Lives in Seville, Cairo and Berlin

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

Dec 2016 EGYPT in Salón de Arte Crisol in Seville, Spain

Oct 2016 Art of Resistance in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia at MitOst Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia

June-Aug 2011 Schuhgröße 37 – Women’s Football in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Berlin at Kreuzbergmuseum, Berlin

June-July 2011 Schuhgröße 37 – Women’s Football in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Berlin in Goethe Institutes in Cairo, Khartoum, Algier, Ramallah, Amman, Asyut

Feb 2010 Daily Life in Burma/Myanmar in Ibbenbüren with Terre des Hommes

Nov 2009 Daily Life in Burma/Myanmar in Essen with Burma Initiative

July 2009 Informal Areas in Cairo at Goethe Institute Cairo

June-Okt 2008 Ten Years of Photography in Egypt at German Embassy Cairo

April 2007 Women’s Football im Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg, Germany

May-Sep 2005 2000 Years Christianity in Egypt at Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany

July-Aug 2004 Elefantenhimmel at Maximilianpark, Hamm, Germany

June 2004 Burma-Mystic and Buddhism at Sonnenenergieforum, Dortmund, Germany

Jan 2004 Where Genies Live at Al Salamlek Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Dec 2003 Elefantenhimmel at Sonnenenergieforum, Dortmund, Germany

March-Apr 2002 Coptic Life in Egypt at Goethe Institute Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt

March 2002 Coptic Life in Egypt at Sonnenenergieforum, Dortmund, Germany

Sep 2000 Egypt Caleidoscope at Auslandsgesellschaft, Dortmund, Germany

Sep 2000 Mechanics in Bulaq and the Cafe Fishawy at Goethe Institute Cairo, Egypt

Jan 1999 Tuareg in Algeria at Auslandsgesellschaft, Dortmund, Germany

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

May 2017 The Other Hundred at Hysan Place, Hong Kong, China

June 2016 Portraits Exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece

July 2015 Exposure Award at Louvre Museum, Paris, France

April 2014 The Other Hundred, Singapore

Nov 2013 Alfred Fried Fotopreis at Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Oct 2013 The Other Hundred, Hongkong

Oct-Nov 2011 SELECT Photofair in The Print Space Gallery, London, UK

Sep 2010 Foto8 Award Show 2010 at Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton

July-Aug 2010 Foto8 Summer Show 2010 at Host Gallery, London, UK

Oct 2008-Mai 2009 Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo at Antikenmuseum Basel, Swizzerland

July-Sep 2008 Summer Show in HOST Gallery in London, UK

Jan-May 2008 Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo at Kestner Museum Hannover

Aug 2007 UNICEF Photos at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Oct 2006 Schoemberger Fotoherbst at Rathaus Schoemberg, Germany

Nov 2005 60 Jahre UN at Opera House, Cairo, Egypt

Sep 2005 Feed your Imagination in the.gallery@oxo, London, UK

Nov 2000 Heimat am Fluß at Photobiennale in Bad Tölz, Germany

 

BOOKS

June 2011 Schuhgröße 37 – Women’s Football in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Berlin, Dietz-Verlag

July 2009 Informal Areas in Cairo, produced and published by GIZ

Feb 2009 Of Dung-beetle Messengers and Infamous Crickets, a photo-text book about daily life in Myanmar, ISBN-13: 978-1320023702

Jan 2008 Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo (Contribution), Published by Kestner Museum

Sep 2003 Coptic Life in Egypt published by AUC in Cairo Press

Nov 2000 Heimat-Sicht (Contribution) Edition Zavrino

 

AWARDS/GRANTS/PRICES

Oct 2016 Selected for The Other Hundred- EDUCATORS book and exhibition

July 2015 Selected for the Exposure Award Screening in the Louvre, Paris, France

Oct 2014 3rd place in Fine Art Category in Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA)

Nov 2013 Among the 50 finalists of Alfred Fried Award by Edition Lammerhuber

Sep 2013 Screening of my portraits of Tuk Tuk Drivers from Cairo at PHOTOVILLE Festival in Brooklyn, NY

May 2013 Selected for book and exhibition project The Other Hundred

Feb 2013 Border Crossers Grant of Robert Bosch Foundation

Dec 2011 Grant by KULTURWERK of VG Bild-Kunst for my project about Art and Artists in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt

March 2011 Finalist at Travel Photography Competition by PLANET Magazine, US

July 2010 Selected for foto8 Summer Show at HOST Gallery, London, UK

April 2010 2nd place at Portrait Photography Competition by PLANET Magazine, US

July 2008 Selected for foto8 Summer Show at HOST Gallery, London, UK

Oct 2006 Among 25 finalists at Schoemberger Fotoherbst, Germany

March 2006 Grant by KULTURWERK of VG Bild-Kunst for my project about Daily Life in Myanmar

Aug 2005 Finalist at competition Feed your Imagination by Observer and Seeds of Change

2002 Sponsoring by Sawiris Foundation for my book Coptic Life in Egypt

Feb-Sep 2002 Grant by Egyptian Ministry of Education for Arabic Studies

 Nov 2000 Finalist at competition Heimat am Fluß, Photobiennale in Bad Tölz

 



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