Born and based in Berlin, I am a visual and social explorer 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.  

Publications include The Independent, Huffington Post, AFP, Bloomberg, Grazia France, Marie Claire Australia, The American Scholar, Berliner Morgenpost, Der Tagesspiegel, Neues Deutschland.  

I work as a photographer, educator and cultural mediator, and am available for commissions world-wide. Fluent in German, English, French, Portugese; basic Spanish and Arabic. 

Contact | mara.klein(at)posteo(dot)de


Cultural mediator at Gesellschaft für humanistische Fotografie, Berlin. 

Collaborating artist at KontextSchule, Universität der Künste, Berlin.


Collaborator to Women making Art in Public Space
Collaborator to Human Systems' Future Togetherness Kitchen


2014 – 2016  Photo assistant to photographers John Angerson and Mark Cocksedge, London.

2012 – 2013  Staff photographer and cultural mediator at Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Lyon, France. 



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


2018 – 2019   Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Seminar Sibylle Fendt: Europe

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

2013              St Martin's School of Art, London. Reportage photography


13 - 16 Aug 2020
Operation Himmelblick | Begehungen 2020 Festival, Chemnitz

6 March - 30 Sep 2020 
Es wird gewesen sein. | C7 Galerie, Mannheim (OFF//FOTO Mannheim). Virtual exhibition here.
19 Sep 2019

#OurSummerOfLove (winner instagram) | Palais Populaire, Berlin

30 August 2019 

Diskursalon presents: On Migration. Group Show and Panel | Sprachsalon, Berlin

15 – 21 July 2019

I can't recall the melody, but it was beautiful. | Transmitter, Berlin

31 May – 8 June 2019 

Heimspiel. Deine Zauber binden wieder. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Provino Club, Augsburg

8 March 2019 

The Cycle Diaries. Female Flavours. | TATWERK, Berlin 

2 – 10 March 2019  

Heimspiel. Deine Zauber binden wieder. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin    

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, Berlin. Virtual exhibition here.


7 - 15 July 2018  

Heimspiel. Solo Exhibition | 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  

FluchtpunktIdentity  Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin

1 Dec 2017 – 31 May 2018  

Exploraçao. Solo Exhibition | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris | Virtual exhibition here.


3 March – 28 March 2015 

Images et Humanitaire. Group Show and Panel | Bibliothèque du 1er, Lyon (invitation by Médecins du Monde)


1 March – 30 April 2014 

Roms, entre autresSolo Exhibition | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris

3 Dec 2013 – 28 Feb 2014 

Roms, entre autres. Solo Exhibition | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon

27 – 29 Nov 2013  

Roms, entre autres. Solo Exhibition | Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (Biennale of Contemporary Art)

1 April – 30 July 2013 

Raisin d’être | Jardin des Miroirs, Paris (Printemps de la Bio, 2nd Jury Prize)


1 July – 30 August 2012 

The Bricks of the Lane. Solo Exhibition | 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)


2019  | On subjectivity in the construction of narrative. Panel discussion at Diskursalon: On Migration, Berlin.

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

2017  | On female refugee chefs in London, for 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 policies aimed at Romanian Roma families in Lyon, France. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon

Inspirations (selection) Moises Saman, Taryn Simon, Josef Koudelka, Klea McKennaWing Shya, Janet Cardiff, David Alan Harvey, Sebastiao Salgado, Jane Bown, Lucia BerlinBruce Davidson, Gillian Wearing, Paolo Pellegrin, Hannah HöchToni Morrison

Contact | mara.klein(at)posteo(dot)de

Mara Klein Berlin-based Documentary and Portrait Photographer

Mara Klein, Berlin-based documentary photographer, specialising in subjects of migration, identity and belonging.
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