1984 born in Berlin, raised in Hamburg
2005-2011 communication design/photography HAW Hamburg with Prof. Ute Mahler (diploma)
since 2011 working as freelance photographer
since 2012 assistance in the archive of Ludwig Schirmer
2012-2017 Agency-member of Picturetank (Paris)
2015-2018 Assistent and student of Ingo Taubhorn and Prof. Ute Mahler in postgraduateclass of Ostkreuzschule in Berlin
Since 2023 Head of School (together with Jörg Brüggemann) and lecturer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin.
Grants, Fellowships, Awards
2017 Lotto-foundation Young Talent Artprize
2016 Voies Off Prize, Finalist
2014 ‘Artist in Residence‘ in Kaliningrad, Russia, sponsored by Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop
2013 VG Bildkunst – Grant
published in (selection)
M le Monde
I like the productive, efficient workflow that comes with the professionalism when working for editors. At the same time, I enjoy the artistic freedom when working on my own projects. Here, I can take a step back and have the time to deliberate a topic in regard to visual aesthetics and content.
My photographic work is always of documentary nature. I find it very fascinating/appealing to make out/explore the limitations of documentary photography and to anticipate the viewer’s experience while taking the pictures. For every project, I develop a new visual handwriting that makes sense in view of each subject matter.
© Lia Darjes