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Since 1998 I work as a freelance photographer with a focus on documentary, portrait, travel and corporate.
I realise assignments for clients – national and international magazines and newspapers, also non-government organizations, enterprises and advertising agencies – worldwide.
In addition to commissioned works, I am still working on personal projects. For my reportages I am following the requirements of a socially engaged photojournalism. Mostly these stories are about being human.

In 2003 I took an entire year off to study photo journalism at London College of Communication. Since 2006 I am represented by photo agency laif. From 2009 on I regularly work for The New York Times. I joined the course ‘Protection and behavior in crisis centers’ for journalists of the German Federal Ministry of Defense in 2012. Furthermore I regularly lead different photo workshops and have been a jury member of various photo awards in Germany and the USA.

For assignments and independent projects I had already travelled to Palestine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Senegal, Tanzania, Cuba, Canada and across Europe.

 

Assignments

Among others for: Aftenposten, BZ Berner Zeitung, Dagens Næringsliv, de Volkskrant, Die Zeit, Die Welt, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, International Herald Tribune, NRC Handelsblad, NZZ am Sonntag, die Tageszeitung (taz), The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times/ International New York Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Washington Post, Welt am Sonntag (WamS),

art – Das Kunstmagazin, Brigitte, CashFlow, Causette, chrismon, Corriere della Sera SETTE Magazine, Der Spiegel, Dein Spiegel, Focus, GEO, GEOlino, Impulse, L’Express, Le Point, M – Le magazine du Monde, National Geographic Deutschland, NEWS Magazine, Newsweek, Nido, Sports Illustrated, stern, The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE), The Fader Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, TIME For Kids,

Attac, Workers’ Samaritan Foundation Germany (ASB), Deutscher Bundesjugendring, Bundesfachverband unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge (BumF), German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Campact, Caritas Germany, Christian-Aid, Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), Greenpeace, IG-Metall, medico international, Oxfam, The Elders, The Syria Campaign, Transparency International, UNHCR, United Services Union (ver.di),

Audi, AVM, Deutsche Post, Mounting Systems, Northwestern University, SILVERKRIS (Singapore Airlines), startsocial e.V., Tchibo and the VolkswagenStiftung.

 

Publications

Among others in: Amnesty International (ai journal), ARD-aktuell Tagesschau, ARD Morgenmagazin, Augenblicke.de (Telekom), BEEF!, Brand Eins, Business Punk, DE Magazin Deutschland, de Morgen, Der Freitag, Eine Welt Magazin, enorm, EuroBonus Traveler (SAS Scandinavian Airlines), Fluter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Haaretz, La Stampa, L’Espresso, Le Temps, Libération, manager magazin, Money Week, Monopol, NEON, Nouvel Observateur, Playboy, Rotary Magazin, Russian Reporter, advertising campaign by Scholz & Friends, Süddeutsche Zeitung, SZ Magazin, TIME, UNICEF News, welt-sichten and the WirtschaftsWoche.

 

Awards

2015 Siena International Photography Awards, 1st place for “Go, my beauty” in the category: Storyboard
2014 Freedom to Love photography award, third place for “Behind the Silence”
2014 “Wort im Bild” (“words in images”), “Behind the Silence” won at this international photographic competition on the theme of literature
2014 n-ost Reportage Prize, “Behind the Silence” is nominated in the category: Photo Reportage
2014 Henri Nannen Prize, “Behind the Silence” is nominated in the category: Photo Reportage
2014 KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO AWARD, “Behind the Silence” is shortlisted in the category: Documentary
2013 UNICEF Photo of the Year 2013, honorable mention for “Behind the Silence”
2012 Henri Nannen Prize, “Go, my beauty” is shortlisted in the category: Photo Reportage
2011 International Photography Awards, 1st place for “Go, my beauty” in the category: People – Family professional
2011 International Photography Awards, honorable mention for my picture of the protest against nuclear waste transport in the category: Special – Night Photography professional
2011 Hansel-Mieth Prize 2011, honorable mention for “Go, my beauty”
2010 FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, FotoDoks-Award for “Go, my beauty”
2010 PDN Photo Annual, my feature “Uprising” won in the category: Photojournalism
2010 International Photography Awards, honorable mention for “Go, my beauty” in the category: Deeper Perspective
2010 FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism, as one of 60 photographers from around the world, I´m nominated for the Award with my story “Go, my beauty”
2010 Renaissance Photography Prize, shortlisted in the category Movement with a picture of my feature “Uprising”
2009 International Aperture Awards, Silver Award for a picture of my feature “Uprising” in the category: Photojournalism
2009 The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA), honorable mention for a picture of my feature “Uprising” in the category: Documentary
2009 International Photography Awards (IPA), honorable mention for “Uprising” in the category Editorial – General News professional
2009 International Photography Awards (IPA), honorable mention for Woodstock Festival picture in the category People – Lifestyle professional
2009 Sony World Photography Awards, 2nd place for “Loveparade” and “Woodstock Festival” in the professional category Music
2009 G+J Photo Award, shortlisted in the category National Geographic Deutschland
2008 UNICEF Photo of the Year 2008, honorable mention for “Living on wheels”
2008 BILLBOARD/ PDN Summer Music Moment, Woodstock Festival picture won in the category: Crowd
2008 FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, honorable mention for “Living on wheels”
2008 FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism, as one of 60 photographers from around the world, I´m nominated for the Award with my story “Living on wheels”
2008 Nominated for the 2008 edition of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2007 PDN Photo Annual, www.gordonwelters.com received award for web sites
2004 Ian Parry Memorial Scholarship, special mention
2004 Tom Webster Award for Photojournalism, shortlisted

 

Scholarships

2010 from Stiftung Kulturwerk of VG Bild-Kunst

 

Screenings / Talks

2016 Photoville in New York City, “A night with The New York Times” (NYT photo editors share highlights from their photographic coverage of some of the year’s biggest stories)
2016 fotoforum Impulse, Germany, “Behind the Silence”
2015 Triennial of Photography Hamburg/ Germany, “Behind the Silence”
2014 Festival FotoIstanbul in Istanbul/ Turkey, “Berlin” seen by street photography
2014 PHOTONEWS – 25th anniversary, Hamburg/ Germany, “Behind the Silence”
2012 8th Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap/ Cambodia, “Living on wheels”
2010 Attac – 10th anniversary, Frankfurt am Main/ Germany, “Block G8”
2007 Zaunfestspiele – Move against G8, Tacheles/ Berlin, “Block G8”

 

Exhibitions

2017 Wohnungsverbund Staudenhof in Potsdam/ Germany, „KISS ME – the most beautiful triviality in the world“, Solo Exhibiton
2017 BELvue museum in Brussels/ Belgium, “Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures“, Joint Exhibition
2017 Galerie Für Fotografie (GAF) in Hanover/ Germany, “Escape“, Joint Exhibition
2017 FREELENS exhibition »Bitte warten…« at the Wissenschaftspark in Gelsenkirchen/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2017 Rückblende 2016 – Political Photography in Germany, Joint Exhibition (also Rückblende 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003 and 2002)
2017 Federal Press Office in Berlin/ Germany, “Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures“, Joint Exhibition
2016/17 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City/ USA, “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”, Joint Exhibition
2016 laif Gallery in Cologne/ Germany, “New in Germany”, Joint Exhibition
2016 laif Gallery in Cologne/ Germany, “Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures”, Joint Exhibition
2016 federal state representation Rhineland-Palatinate in Berlin/ Germany, “Angekommen!? Fotografien zu Flucht und Ankunft in Deutschland”, Joint Exhibition
2016 FREELENS Gallery in Hamburg/ Germany, “Please wait…”, Joint Exhibition
2016 Rückblende 2015 – Political Photography in Germany, Joint Exhibition (also Rückblende 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003 and 2002)
2015 Gallery Herzogburg in St.Veit an der Glan/ Austria, “Behind the Silence”, Joint Exhibition
2015 Triennial of Photography Hamburg/ Germany, “Living on wheels”, Joint Exhibition
2015 UNICEF – Children. The Presence of the Future, “Behind the Silence” at the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO in Tbilisi/ Georgia, Joint Exhibition
2015 Freedom to Love photography award, “Behind the Silence” in London/ UK, Joint Exhibition
2014 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin/ Germany, “Living on wheels”, Joint Exhibition
2014 UNICEF – 25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, “Living on wheels” on Frankfurt Book Fair/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2014 KOLGA AWARD EXHIBITION, “Behind the Silence” and “Go, my beauty” is shown in Tbilisi/ Georgia in “The best photos of the year” – Exhibition, Joint Exhibition
2014 UNICEF Photo of the Year 2013, “Behind the Silence”, Joint Exhibition
2012 Zenith Fotopreis 2011, “Muslims in Germany” in Bonn/ Germany (Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Joint Exhibition
2012 The Browse Photo Festival Berlin 2012, “Go, my beauty” in Berlin/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2011 UNHCR, “60 Years, 60 Lives”, Joint Exhibition
2010 FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, “Go, my beauty” in Munich/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2010 LUMIX festival for Young Photojournalism, “Go, my beauty” in Hannover/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2010 Goethe-Institut, “Living on wheels” in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Joint Exhibition
2010 Renaissance Photography Prize, exhibition of shortlisted photographers in London/ UK, Joint Exhibition
2009 Sony World Photography Awards, winner’s exhibition, the Global Tour stops in Cannes, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Paris, London and Berlin, Joint Exhibition
2009 9th International Exhibition of Photography “Gjon Mili”, “Woodstock Festival” in the Kosovo National Art Gallery in Prishtina, Joint Exhibition
2009 Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, “Living on wheels” in Darmstadt/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2009 FREELENS annual meeting, “Exposure and truth” in Munich/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2009 “Living on wheels“ in Potsdam/ Germany, Solo Exhibiton
2009 Neunplus Gallery, “Friday the 13th” in Berlin/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2008 FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, “Living on wheels” in Bad Aibling/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2008 UNICEF Photo of the Year 2008, “Living on wheels”, Joint Exhibition
2008 LUMIX festival for Young Photojournalism, “Living on wheels” in Hannover/ Germany, Joint Exhibition
2008 “BLOCK G8” in Potsdam/ Germany, Solo Exhibiton
2004 The Ian Parry Scholarship  2004 in London/ UK, Joint Exhibition
2004 Degree Show of Postgraduate Diploma  in Photojournalism in London/ UK, Joint Exhibition
2002 “Irian Jaya” in Potsdam/ Germany, Solo Exhibiton
2001 Journalistenbüro Spot, “Deutschlandbilder” in Taschkent/ Usbekistan, Joint Exhibition
2000 “Irian Jaya” in Brandenburg/ Germany, Solo Exhibiton
2000 “off art” in Brandenburg/ Germany, Joint Exhibition