About us

Fotodoks is organised and realised by a team of photographers, curators and cultural managers who set up the festival each year with a great deal of enthusiasm, idealism and invested time to establish it as a special and inspiring event in the calendar of photo festivals.

Meet the team

  • Curator and Author

    Sophia Greiff

    Sophia (*1982) is a freelance curator and author for photography. Since 2009, she writes about photography and for photographers, among others for PHOTONEWS, C/O Berlin, EFE24 and the Museumjournal. From 2011 to 2013 she was a scholar in the programme Curators for Photography by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and worked on exhibition projects and publications in the Munich City Museum, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is part of Fotodoks since 2011 and has assumed the organisational management for the festival in 2013.

  • Curator, Artist, Cultural manager

    Lene Harbo Pedersen

    Lene (*1968) is not only a freelance curator, artist, cultural manager and a barowner. Since 2011 she has been organising a yearly music festival and cultural events. After her studies in Art history, media science & management in digital medias she opened a bar in Copenhagen with her twinsister. She has been assisting Jörg Koopmann on curatorial, conceptual level as well as hands on into the exhibition hall Lothringer13 since 2016. As film editor Lene currently cuts her way through America in an art feature called ‘Imagine USA’. For Fotodoks she is working mainly on the supporting program.

  • Photographer

    Hans Herbig

    Hans (*1973) came to photography via skateboarding and snowboarding. He was co-founder of Pleasure Snowboard magazine and its picture editor, until he joined the magazine Onboard as picture editor-in-chief. His special passion for mountain worlds - he is UIMLA International Mountain Leader -, sports and landscapes characterizes his photography. Hans initiated the Fotodoks Festival together with Robert Pupeter in 2008 in Bad Aibling.

  • Photographer

    Jörg Koopmann

    Jörg (*1968) studied at the State Academy for Fotodesign Munich and worked for two years as a photographer of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. Since 1997 he is working freelance and mainly focused on field reportage / portrait. In 2001 he received the Förderpreis Fotografie der Stadt München. The Forum glossy, organised in collaboration with Martin Fengel, and other curatorial projects are part of its exploration of contemporary photography. Since 2014 he is, together with Dana Weschke, curator of the Munich exhibition hall Lothringer13. Jörg is since 2009 co-organizer of the Fotodoks festival.

  • Cultural manager and Curator

    Michaela Obermair

    Michaela (*1981) is a freelance cultural manager and curator. Since 2009 she has been organizing festivals and cultural events on curatorial, conceptual as well as operational levels. After her Theater-, Film- and Mediastudies she was working in Vienna i.a. for the Archive of the Franz West Foundation, the photo gallery anika handelt, the photo archive of Heimo Zobernig, Schlebrügge.Editor and WestLicht. Showcase for Photography. Since 2013, she is co-director of the biennial festival Eyes On - Month of Photography Vienna. For the 2017 edition she is in Munich to immerse in the curatorial and organizational activities of Fotodoks.

  • Photographer

    Robert Pupeter

    Robert (*1971) has worked as a photographer in the field of reportage and portrait photography for many years. In addition, he is working on independent projects that deal with the perception of landscape and the relationship between man and space. He is co-initiator of exhibition projects such as Kurzstrecke (part of the 1st Berlin Photo Festival), socio-cultural platforms like hofHaus Weicht and in 2008 launched the Fotodoks Festival with Hans Herbig.

  • Cultural manager

    Sabine Schwarzenböck

    Sabine (* 1977) studied music first and decided later to study international cultural management after a few years as a professional musician. As a cultural manager she has, among other things, organized a children's theater for the city of Ulm, set up an educational network, and at last served the Carl Orff Festival Andechs. In addition to culture, her passion belongs to the mountains – as a mountain guide of the VDBS, she fulfills her long-cherished dream of also being outdoors and making the beauty of nature accessible to other people. Since 2017 she is part of the Fotodoks team and is mainly involved in the organization of the festival.

  • Photographer

    Armin Smailovic

    Armin (*1968) studied at the Bavarian State School for Photography in Munich. He had his first job during the war in Croatia 1991-93. Since then, he is deeply involved with post-conflict societies and political issues. In the early years Michael Schmidt was his mentor and brought him to author photography. His reportage and portrait photographs were awarded among others, in 2014 with the Hansel Mieth Award and the Award of the City of Munich. 2009 Armin won the Fotodoks Prize and went straight into the organization of the festival.

A warm thank you

Each year many supporters, partners, and volunteers, enthusiastics about photography, are helping with their initiative to make it possible to invite the international photography community to Munich for Fotodoks.

Our deepest thanks go to everyone, who has been and is contributing with their engagement to make Fotodoks an indispensable event in the calendar of photography: Maritta Iseler, Philipp Klak, Martin Steiner, Nicolas Greiff, Ute Wiemer, Anna Schmid, Iris Fellner, Katrin Petroschkat, Svenja Paulsen, Jason Nickels, Anna Baumann, Tanja Kernweiss, Johannes Gerblinger, Verena Lila Hartig, Joachim Ziemer and many more.