Fotodoks is organised and carried out as an independent festival by a curatorial collective of photographers who strive to turn the festival into a special and exciting event every two years with great enthusiasm and idealism.
Meet the team
Frank (*1967) studied photography at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in
Munich, where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in portraiture. He worked as a freelance photographer in London for 8 years before moving back to Munich with his family in 2004.
As a reportage and portrait photographer he is inspired by meeting people from all walks of life,
becoming part of their world for a brief moment. Based in Munich, he works for editorial clients, publishing houses and design agencies. He became part of the Fotodoks curators' collective in February 2019.
Sima Dehgani (*1985) studied Art and Multimedia at LMU and subsequently photography in Professor Rehm’s class at the Academy of fine arts in Munich. In addition to her work as a freelance photographer for editorial clients, she also pursues her own photographic works, which are thematically linked to her bi-cultural identity. Moreover, she is interested in new ways of visualizing social documentary topics. Since 2019 she has been part of the Fotodoks curatorial team.
Dominik (*1968) studied at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich and graduated in 1995. From 1995 to 2009 he called London his home, where in 1998 he completed his Master of Arts in Photography at the London College of Printing. In 2009 Dominik was one of the exhibiting artist at the Fotodoks Festival in Bad Aibling, showing his free project 'Along the River Lea'. Working in portrait photography and reportage, national and international publishing houses and design agencies are his clients. Since January 2019 he has been involved in the curator collective of Fotodoks.
- Curator and Author
Sophia (*1982) is a freelance curator and author for photography. 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. Since 2016 she is research assistant in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover and working on her PhD. She is part of Fotodoks since 2011 and had assumed the organisational management for the festival in 2014 and 2015.
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.
Lisa Hörterer (*1980) studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich. After her degree she left for Berlin and took part in Arno Fischers master class at the „ Ostkreuzschule“. After several years in the capital she now lives and works in Munich as a freelance photographer. She was part of the team that founded the magazine „Salopp -ein junges Heft für freie Fotografie“. Since January 2019 she is involved in the Fotodoks curators' collective.
Verena Kathrein (*1983) is a photographer based in Munich.
In 2008 she completed her studies in photo design at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. She works as a freelance photographer specializing in portrait and reportage photography for magazines and agencies.
In 2016 she was a recipient of the Rome Scholarship of the Republic of Austria and initiated the artistic research project "Then I would like to make a happy end for once" in collaboration with the artist Ariane Müller. In 2018 the same-titled exhibition was shown at Kunstverein Nürnberg, accompanied by a publication.
Verena has been a member of the Fotodoks team since 2019.
Tanja Kernweiss studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich and did her post-graduate with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Her main fields of interest are people and their stories, so she specialized in portrait photography and documentary photography. In 2011, she was nominated for the Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt München, and in 2015 she received the audience award at the Fotodoksfestival with her work "Wishing Well".
Tanja lives and works in Munich, and joined the Team in 2019.
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.
- Photographer, Graphic Designer
Nadine (*1979) is a freelance Photographer and Graphic designer. After her apprenticeship as a Mediadesigner in Stuttgart she studied first Photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich and then finished her Photography Postgraduate Study at the „Ostkreuzschule“ in Berlin with Ute Mahler and Robert Lyons. Since 2004 she works as an freelance photographer and Graphic designer (for example for the magazine „MUH“). In her personal work since 2012 she accompanies amongst other things the integrated theatre project „Moment mal, bitte!“. She was founder and editor of „salopp – an independent magazine for young photography“.
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.
Jakob (*1987) studied Photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich, where he is now based, working as a freelance photographer. His interest in people, his fascination by their behaviour and interaction is what drives him to take pictures. For his personal work, he focuses on certain regions, creating site-specific stories. Jakob joined the Fotodoks team for the 2019 edition.
Jens Schwarz, born 1968 in Berlin, studied history of arts in Paris and photography in Munich.
He works in the field of portraiture and documentary on personal projects and international editorial assignments. In his work he focuses on sociopolitical issues that often deal with questions of both individual and social identity. His projects received several grants throughout his career and his work has been nominated, among others, for the German Henri-Nannen-Prize and showcased at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France.
Since 2019 he is a member of the curatorial board of Fotodoks.
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: Christian Albrecht, Diana Ebster, Iris Fellner, Dominik Giegler, Irene Graef, Nicolas Greiff, Maritta Iseler, Tanja Kernweiss, Philipp Klak, Joseph Köttl, Martin Kompatscher, Marcus Lange, Eva Leitolf, Reiner Löschinger, Tilman v. Mengershausen, Christian Oettinger, Reinhold Pelz, Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, Bärbel Praun, Dominik Raab, Julia Richter, Martin Steiner, Theo Thönessen, Joachim Ziemer and many more.