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Born and raised rural southern Germany in the 1980s, I have been living and working in London for the past 15 years. My first contact with photography was through my Dad and Grandad, both photography enthusiasts, who documented everyday life in the communities close to them.
In 2006, I started assisting for photographers such as Suki Dhanda and Lottie Davies on commercial and editorial shoots. In 2012, I received a BA Photography (First) from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. It was towards the end of the degree program when I first started photographing my local street market, Ridley Road Market. I further developed this body of work into a book project for my MA in Photography and Moving Image at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, which I completed in 2018. The book ‘Ridley Road Market’ is due to be published in the autumn of 2019.
A friend once said “You are not a street photographer, you take photographs of streets.” It’s the street as social space that interests me and the individuals and communities inhabiting and shaping it. Inviting people to participate in my projects is as important to me as documenting public space in the city of today. These spaces and their communities, often transcultural in nature, are increasingly threatened by gentrification.
My art practice is characterised by community engagement. Micro histories and personal narratives form the core of my investigations weaving photography with archival material and text. My work links documentary photography with social exchanges and dialogue. These activities feed into publishing, workshops, events and exhibitions, interventions and community records.
I currently divide my time between art projects, photography commissions and facilitating workshops, often working with social enterprises, charities and cultural organisations. Most recently I have facilitated workshops with Chat’s Palace Art Centre in Hackney, the University of East London and Interaction Leipzig. My work has been exhibited internationally and my photographs have appeared in Time Out, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. The Ridley Road Market book project was nominated for the European Art Graduate’s StartPoint Prize 2018.