Born and based in Berlin, I specialize in travel and reportage photography with an emphasis on long-term projects that allow me to build relationships with people. My work revolves around question of migration, belonging, and our impact on the environment. I strongly believe that our ability to see also gives us the agency to act, and that photography can be a powerful tool for community (and self-) empowerment. I am fascinated by language in all its forms - words, images, the stories we choose to tell and those that we don't.

Former photo assistant to photographers John Angerson and Mark Cocksedge, London.

Former staff photographer and cultural mediator at Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Lyon, France.

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since 2018   Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Seminar Sibylle Fendt: Europe

2017 – 2018 Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Seminar Thomas Meyer: Identity

2012 – 2013 Université Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France

Professional MA Cultural Mediation: conveying of the arts and knowledge through image.

Dissertation: Portraying the life of Romanian Roma in France: the role of the image and its maker. 

2009 – 2011 Université Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France

MA Audiovisual studies, specialisation documentary cinema and photography 

2007 – 2009 University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom. International Relations, Philosophy, French


2013 / Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. Seminar Reportage Photography

2012 / Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. Seminar Portrait Photography


5 - 14 Oct 2018 / Selected Memories. Group Show curated by Loosenart. Millepiani, Rome.

12 July - 9 Sep 2018 / Ulrike, Commended Portrait, Sony World Photography Awards. Willy-Brandt-Haus, BerlinVirtual exhibition here.

7 - 15 July 2018 / Heimspiel. Mama Kalo, Berlin.

20 April - 6 May 2018 / Ulrike, Commended Portrait, Sony World Photography Awards. Somerset House, London. Virtual exhibition here.

19 – 22 April 2018 / Fluchtpunkt. Identity  Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie. Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin

1 Dec 2017 – 31 May 2018 / Exploraçao. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris. Virtual exhibition here.

3 March – 28 March 2015 / Group Show Images et Humanitaire. Bibliothèque du 1er, Lyon (invitation by Médecins du Monde)

1 March – 30 April 2014 / Roms, entre autres.Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris

3 Dec 2013 – 28 Feb 2014 / Roms, entre autres. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon

27 – 29 Nov 2013 / Roms, entre autres. Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (during Biennale of Contemporary Art)

1 April – 30 July 2013 / Raisin d’être. Jardin des Miroirs, Paris (as part of Printemps de la Bio, 2nd Jury Prize)

1 July – 30 August 2012 / The Bricks of the Lane. Kahila, London

1 July – 7 July 2012 / Préjugés d’Ici et d’Ailleurs. Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon (part of Dialogues en Humanité)

1 – 5 Nov 2011 / Préjugés d’Ici et d’Ailleurs. CCO, Villeurbanne (part of Migrant’Scène Festival)

30 June - 3 July 2011 / Reflections from Jenin (short film 30', director)Fusion Festival, Mecklenburg 

22 Jan – 7 Feb 2010 / Leo (short film 9', director). Centre d’animation, Paris (part of Cris de la ville)

Publications include The Independent, Huffington Post, AFP, Grazia France, Marie Claire Australia, Berliner Morgenpost, Der Tagesspiegel, Bloomberg, Neues Deutschland, Hinz & Kunst, ParisBerlin


2018 / On Brazil’s current environmental policies. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris. Written interview here.

2017 / On female refugee chefs in London, appearance in documentary A la recherche des femmes chefs (Vérane Frédiani, France 2016). Trailer here.

2015 / On female refugee chefs in London, Interviews with AFP and BBC

2015 / On the photographer’s role in contemporary humanitarian reportage. Round table with Médecins du Monde, Bibliothèque du 1er, Lyon 

2013 / On inclusion of Romanian Roma families in Lyon, France. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon

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