picture editor One-year certificate program
The Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin Weissensee is one of the few institutions that forms image editors.

Application deadline:
annually in November
annually in December
Duration: March to February
Teaching: Block instruction six days (Sunday to Friday) once a month
1st semester: March to July
2nd semester: September to January
February: final presentation with certificate presentation


– Nadja Masri
Days of seminars and
Head of the class image editors
– Dr. Enno Kaufhold
history of photography and exhibitions
– Betty Fink, Free Photo Project manager

teaching units

60 teaching days; each taught day consists of 4 double hours


– 21 years or older
– Passion for photography
– Good English knowledge
> Please note that our classes are taught in German.


€ 370.00 per month
plus 19% VAT.
for 2 semesters of 5 months
One-time annual payment receives 3% discount


Content of the seminar

In the seminar current trends and debates in photography especially in photojournalism, are taken up and discussed. Many image searches are made, still images and stories are evaluated and edited. Different genres in photography, operating nationally and internationally photographers and agencies are presented and discussed. Portfolios and proposals are evaluated in the seminar, topics researched and photographers briefed. What is learnt is applied  and practiced in exercises and projects. Lectures by guest lecturers and visits to editors, publishers and agencies will complete the program.

Guest lecturers

Mustafa Abdulaziz, American photographer, Berlin
Michael Biedowicz, picture editor at ZEIT magazine and gallery owner of Pavlov’s Dog, Berlin
Tibor Bogun, former Managing Director ZEIT, Berlin
Carmen Brunner, picture editor of the magazine Dummy & Fluter, Berlin
Bernd Dinkel, Free Image Editor, Hamburg
Doug Dubois, American photographer, Syracuse, NY
Matt Eich, american photographer, Charlottesville, VA
Sebastian Graalfs, specialist lawyer for copyright and media law, Berlin
Corinna Koch, free image editor (among others Freitag, music magazine), USA
Andi Kunze, free image editor (among others GEO, Vorwärts), Berlin
Judith Levitt, multimedia producer and lecturer at Columbia University and the International Center of Photography, New York
Lars Lindemann, Chef GEO, Hamburg
Kevin Mertens, Emerge – Magazine for Young Photojournalism, Berlin
Merlin Nadj-Torma, photographer, Berlin
Annette Samaras, image archivists, Berlin
Peter Unterthurner, former ZEIT, Hamburg
Birgit Wieland, Head of HR & Legal, Berliner Zeitung / newspaper holding, Berlin
Hannes Wanderer, 25books & Peperoni Books, Berlin
Fabian White, German photographer, Tallinn, Estonia

more Info at:

Projects since 2011Photo booksNew York Edited
Book series in cooperation with the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York – published so far:
New York Edited. Belonging
New York Edited. Out of Place,
New York Edited. Raw,
New York. Bonds & Borders,
New York Edited. Cityscapes,
New York Edited. On the streets and beyond and
New York Edited. 12 Stories From the City
Photo book Dummies«Flucht»
on behalf of Peter Bitzer, manager of the agency «laif» in Cologne
for Prof. Katharina Bosse, Bielefeld Polytechnic designing magazines Dummies in cooperation with the Henri Nannen School in Hamburg – a magazine published for the first time in autumn 2016
Magazines Dummies
Design of magazines Dummies in cooperation with the Henri Nannen School in Hamburg – a magazine will be published for the first time in autumn 2016.
– «OHO – Special supplement»
Supplement to the «Neues Deutschland» with the thesis of the photographer of the year 9
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Edit of the photographic works of 13 magnificent young photographers for the exhibition catalogue in Düsseldorf in 2013. Initiated and organized by Svenja Paulsen, a graduate of the image editors class of the Ostkreuzschule, 2012/2013.
Dummy – Nr. 35: Tourist
image search
Blog OKS-lab
since July 2013
Development and design of blogs and editors with authors,
Blogger from service, Editors and Community Management. Showcase for students and alumni of OKS: Semester and final theses of photographers and picture editors, commissioned works, books, exhibition and competition participations, interviews with photographers, picture editors and lecturers
Blog of image editors category 2011/2012
Multimedia projects

about the photographer Ostkreuz Agency headed by Betty Fink, Maik Reichert, Stephan Cleef:

2014 portrait of Anne Schönharting and Linn Schröder, 2013 portrait of Harald Hauswald and Thomas Meyer, shown at «interfilm», International Short Film Festival, Berlin (Meyer auf oks-lab) 2012 Portrait of Annette Hausschild, Tobias Kruse and Jordis Schlösser on the occasion of “Ostkreuz – Beyond Borders” exhibition at the House of World Cultures, Nov. 2012 2011 Portrait of Dawin Meckel, Espen Eichhöfer and Julian Röder on the occasion of the exhibition “The City” at C|O Berlin etc.

Portfolio Review
of image editors for the photography students of OKS in January.
«Jahresrückblick» (The best pictures of 2011).
Shooting Day in Weißensee
with the photographer of specialized classes of the Ostkreuzschule – Search, Organization, Edit, feedback, audio slideshow presentation.
Visits to:
– Brian O’Connor – rethink – Communication Agency
– C|O Berlin – Exhibition House for Photography- Hatje Cantz – Verlag
– C3 (formerly Kircher Burkhard), Agency for narrative branding
– Hannes Wanderer, 25 books.com bookstore & Peperoni Books
– ZEIT Magazine – Editorial Visit & participation in the editorial meeting
Graduates of the OKS have gone on to work at:
BBE Group
C3 (former KircherBurkhardt)
Die Zeit
Die Zeit Hamburg
Der Spiegel
Emerge – Magazin für jungen Fotojournalismus
Fluter Online
GEO Epoche
GEO kompakt
Hoffmann & Campe Corporate Publishing
Laif – Agency for Photos & Reports
Motabor – Die Agentur für ganzheitliches Markendesign
Neues Deutschland
Roba Images
Rolling Stones
Studio Andreas Wellnitz

class of 2012/2013 | photo: © Werner Mahler_CAP3022_OKS_Block09Nadja Masri in class | photo: © Chantal Alexandra Pilsl

NY_Edited_Heidi_SAM_0163_kl New York Edited. Raw – before print | photo: © Chantal Alexandra Pilsl

1512_IMG_0364_Berlin_Berlin_ Book Dummy «Flucht» | photo: © Chantal Alexandra Pilsl

edit exercise

edit exercise in groups

visiting Hannes Wanderer | photo: © Florian von Plötz

Portfolio Review | photo: © Chantal Alexandra Pilsl

final 2015/2016 | photo: © Bastian Thiery

New York Edited. Raw Book Launch | photo: © Ina Schoenenburg

Nadja Masri und Dr. Enno Kaufhold im Gespräch beim Book Launch | Foto: © Ina Schoenenburg
Nadja Masri and Dr. Enno Kaufhold at the Book Launch | photo: © Ina Schoenenburg