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. 

Co-founder of collective Ähmmm.


 
Contact | maralena_klein(at)hotmail(dot)com


STUDIES


2018 – 2019  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



WORKSHOPS


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

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


EXHIBITIONS


31 May – 8 June 2019 

Heimspiel. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Provino Club, Augsburg

  

8 March 2019 

The Cycle Diaries. Female Flavours | TATWERK, Berlin 

 

2 – 10 March 2019  

Heimspiel. 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 | 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. 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


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS


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



Inspired / awed by Moises Saman, Taryn Simon, Josef Koudelka, Klea McKenna, David Alan Harvey, Sebastiao Salgado, Jane Bown, Bruce Davidson, Paolo Pellegrin,Hannah Höch, Gillian Wearing, Janet Cardiff, Toni Morrison...



 
Contact | maralena_klein(at)hotmail(dot)com

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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