Street Photography in Germany: Photographers and Collectives

Street Photography in Germany: Who is out there? Who are the movers and shakers in the German street photography scene?

Meet 33 German street photographers and 9 street photography collectives and initiatives and learn about their work and their projects.

Street Photography in Germany: 33 Street Photographers

I was interested in showcasing photographers who

  • are active street photographers
  • live in Germany or are German
  • a solid and recognized street photography portfolio
  • well connected in the national and / or international street photography scene

I was not interested in writing one of those “Top 10: The best street photographers in Germany”. My aim was to show the diversity of the German street photography scene.  So yes, you will find the famous German street photographers and also those who are less well known. I’m grateful for all the recommendations I received by fellow street photographers. These tips were a great help establishing the list. German street photographer is used in a broad sense here: It means he or she is living and working in Germany or be of German nationality.

Several German photographers are members of international street photography collectives. The German street photography scene is evolving and several collectives, initiatives and a magazine were founded in recent years. I’m very happy to feature these street photography collectives and initiatives as well.

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this article.

Editorial note: The list of German street photographers is in alphabetical order on a first name basis.

Achim Katzberg

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“Being specialized in architecture and documentary photography as well as weddings and events in Mainz and the Rhein-Main Region, street photography is a kind of uncommissioned, free program for me.

Street photography allows me to reflect my great love for people and life in general, as well as my fascination for architecture and design. I love to show people in the urban environment in strong compositions, preferring minimalistic urban graphics.” Website

Alex Pfeiffer

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“Street photography to me is a constant challenge adapting to an unpredictable and ever changing environment. I see my work as an artistic approach to social documentation of of a fast changing society.” Website

Bernd Schäfers

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“Photography is some sort of meditation for me. Being with the moment as it unfolds, just observing, not judging. I try to shoot anything that catches my interest, either emotionally or intellectually. I like to document these moments discreetly without interfering or changing them.

I prefer to work alone or with one or two good friends. The buzz and hype about street photography is rather a turn off for me.” Website

Birka Wiedmaier

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“Street photography to me is to be with a moment. Seeing the beautiful or the weird and in my case photographing humans that interest me. I consider myself as an observer with photography being the meditation allowing me to be in this very moment.

There is no need for clear cut rules. We all see the world differently and I simply follow my instincts.” Website

Chris “Candid” Schirrmacher

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“Street photography to me is a challenge, tension and relaxation at the same time. You never know, what’s waiting around the next corner. It’s all speed, predicting what’s going happen. And of course being able to deal with people. For me a smile goes a long way when it comes to connecting with people.” Website

Christian Reister

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“In recent years I have mostly done night photography. Black and white, blurry, grainy, raw. The Berlin nightlife and and what remains of the night. Very direct without any fuzz. Sometimes I go out on purpose to shoot or I just have my little cam with me when roaming the streets, cruising bars and clubs.”

Christian Reister is a an ex-member of the photography collectives Seconds2Real and neunplus, founder and curator of Fenster61 and a blogger at Website

Efi Longinou

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„I’m an actress currently living in Berlin. I discovered photography for years ago in Greece as a means to express myself artistically. It is my new passion ever since.

To me acting and taking images share the same roots: curiosity and observation. For me the streets are a stage with me observing people and trying to catch a special moment. I follow my instincts. In this way discovering the world of photographic expression little by little I eventually enhance my artistic repertoire.“

Efi Logginou is a member of Intercollective. Instagram

Fabian Schreyer

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„Life is the best storyteller. These stories can be found in the streets, waiting to be discovered and retold in an artistic and skillful way. Driven by light and a lust for life, fascinated by humor, poetry and the surrealism of the ordinary, I try to catch those moments that I feel to be worth preserving.“

Fabian Schreyer is a founding member of the international street photography collective „The Street Collective“, curator of the Italian German street photography project Via!, curator of the Flickr group Street Sequence  and curator of the facebook group TSC Public projects. Website

Frank Silberbach

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“Life is absurd at times. With my camera I catch those moments where the absurdity reveals itself. As a street photographer I work very much alone.” Website

Giulia Thinnes

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“Photography has an influence on my life, and my life influences my photography. It’s a way of life and it’s my way to see the world and to get to know myself. While doing this, I’m turning my inner world outside. I don’t know whether it’s good what I’m doing, but I love doing it.”

Giulia is a member of the collective, co-organizer of the Luxembourg Street Photography Festival and is studying photography at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Instagram

Guido Steenkamp

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“A good street pic shows the extraordinary in the mundane. A happy coincidence, a small miracle in our daily life. Personally I do not care too much about images, where there is an obvious interaction between photographer and subject.“

Guido Steenkamp is a member of the Italo-German street photography project VIA. Website

Hans Severin

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“I like people and their stories. I’m constantly observing the world around me, never looking for the perfect image though. A good street photograph is both emotionally touching and entertaining. For me street photography is a passion. Website

Holger Biermann

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“The city is my studio. Here I walk and take pictures. Not exactly sure what I’m doing.“ Website

Kay von Aspern

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“I’m an observer. I try to make images out of what I perceive to be special moments – usually from a little distance. These special moments happen most of the time in public spaces. That is why my work is considered to be street photography. I like it when elements in my pictures are communicating. These elements can repel or attract each other, or can have a balanced relationship. Initially, I do not work on particular themes. Yet I do sequence my work in series.”

Kay von Aspern is a founding member of the optic nerve street photography collective . Website

Kuba Jasionek

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“Street photography to me is freedom. All you need is a camera, everything else just happens. I see street photography as a very open genre with ties to landscape, portraiture and documentary photography. Street photography does not have to happen in the streets.
When on the streets, I’m attracted to many things. Moments, stories, gestures, people. I look for light, colors, patterns, lines, animals – in short everything that I feel to be interesting. Combining and linking elements, creating surreal scenes, playfully arranging an image, that is what I’m going for. Over time I started to work more in series and projects.”

Kuba Jasionek is a member of the blog on tumblr. In 2016 he was a juror of the Bruxelles Street Photography Festival. Website 

Marco Larousse

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“Telling a story in a single photograph is the challenge that motivates me. Beyond the artistic value of digital and analogue street photography, preserving and documenting the day to day life for future generations is for me of extreme importance.”

Marco Larousse is a curator and founder of “Street Photo & Photographer” of the week für Photofocus, he also produces the podcasts “Photography Inspiration” and “Mirrorless”. He is an admin and founder of the  The Analog Street Photography Group on Flickr. Website

Mario Cuic

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“I leave it to the audience to evaluate my work. The viewer’s ability to read my images certainly depends on his and her visual education.”

Mario Cuic is an member of the former Seconds2Real collective. Website

Martin U Waltz

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Street photography to me is foremost a reflection on the human condition in urban space. I value emotion higher than juxtaposition. I’m less interested in single images, I usually work in projects and series.”

Martin serves as the editor of “The German Street Photography Site” and as a curator for the German Street Photography Festival. Website

Max Slobodda

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“There is this special feeling when I know that I need to take exactly this shot. And I give in to his feeling. Ideally it is a situation where man, object and environment blend into one. I care for a clean composition without distracting elements.

Humour and the visual absurd matter to me and play a decisive role whether or not I choose to take an image.”

Max Slobobba is admin of the Flickr group “Street Photography Now”. Website

Michael “Monty” May

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“Working for more than 25 years as a staff photographer for a German newspaper, I am obviously not a pure-blooded street shooter, more a crosser between street and documentary photography with the focus on social documentation.
Referring to SP I generally believe, if you put reality just a little bit aside, you will find a lot of absurdities and….humour.”

Michael “Monty” May is a founding member of the international Observe Collective, member of the Italian German street photography project VIA and organizer of the street photography festival “Observations” in Iserlohn, Germany. Website

Nicole Struppert

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“Street Photography for me is to find the beauty in the everyday life. It doest have to be always an exciting moment, it also could be a might be boring scenery, which then becomes a document of our time. Therefore, I try to concentrate just on a few essential elements in my composition.”

Nicole is also the founder, editor and curator of the Website WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY. Personal Website

Oliver Krumes

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“There can’t be enough sunshine for kind of street photography like. I’m looking for those moments when a mundane wall becomes art or a subway exit turns into a catwalk. Making images that a worth a chat in a coffee shop with like minded photographers.

For me street photography is an exercise in meditation – may be not leading to nirvana – yet allowing experiences that I would have had without street photography.” Website

Patrick Wendt

Street Photography Patrick Wendt

“Street photography is my window.
There are no obligations and no orders. It forces me to stay curious and keeps me connected to what surrounds me.” Instagram

Paulus Ponizak

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“For me street photography is a passion. Observe people and making photography out of these special moments fascinates me. My work relies heavily on contrast and the playful interaction of light and shadows.”

Paulus Ponizak is iso.null30 (Paul**) on Instagram and founder of the @intercollective collective. Website

Rainer Nowotny

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“My street photography reflects my interior life. What matters to me, what I feel, like or dislike everything finds its way into my work.
The streets are the ideal playground for me. The human factor clearly matters to me most. My work is about humans, characters, clothing stories and so on.
I’m drawn to many different styles in street photography which is why I avoid working with a typical and repeating set of subjects.”  Facebook

Roland Groebe

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“Street photography for me is about finding the opportunity, the right, the decisive moment. A break in the stream of time.”

Sebastian Jacobitz

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“I aim to capture the zeitgeist of a certain place. My images are a visual recording of human life of a certain time period. Hopefully future generations will look at them with the same interest that we have for photography from the 50ties.” Website

Siegfried Hansen

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“I try to rediscover the urban cosmos by creating unique images following the aesthetics of randomness .”

Siegfried Hansen is a member of the iN-PUBLIC collective. Website

Skander Khlif

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“You can do Street Photography everywhere, literally just around the corner. You can do it while walking, relaxing, laughing, observing or admiring. At times you can even create a piece of art that way.” Website

Steffi Löffler

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“With my images I want to transport emotions and evoke questions.” Website

Torsten Köster

Torsten Köster

“Street photography is basically just a term for photography of men made space. I like to cover this space with all its elements and in all possible ways, aesthetically pleasing, abstract or humorous.

On the the street I follow my mood and my instincts. There is little concept or preconceived ideas. It is in the editing process when I streamline things into series and projects.

Humans don’t always play main role in my images, some are even void of human figures, yet the human element is always present.

Torsten Köster is a member of  streetlab0711. Website

Torsten Schumann

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“I photograph scenes and things in an urban environment. I often ask myself how these things came to be and what is happening on the streets.”

Torsten Schumann’s photobook “More Cars, Clothes and Cabbages” was published with Peperoni Books in 2016. Website

Ying Tang

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“I am always interested in life, how people living in the different cultures, what they do on the street fascinates me. Any situation which involves people I like to take pictures.” Website

German Street Photography Collectives and Initiatives

Berlin1020 • Street Photography Collective

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The street photography collective for Berlin by the Berlin based photographers: Alex Pfeiffer, Chris “Candid” Schirrmacher (image), Oliver Krumes, Sebastian Jacobitz, Roland Groebe and Sven Kräuter.  Website

Collateral Eyes • Street Photography Collective

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Collateral Eyes is a collective of professional and semi-pro photographers in Frankfurt/Main and the surrounding Rhein-Main area. They aim to document life on the street, share their passion for street photography with others, and welcome visiting street photographers to their special corner of Germany. The founding members are Achim Katzberg, Tobias Löhr, Lukas Merz, Ivan Slunjski, Matt Finazzo and Frank Meffert. Website

Soul of Street • Street Photography Magazine

street photography germany soul of sreetWe are Reiner Girsch, Marc Barkowski, Lukas Springer and Horst Frommont four photographers and the editors of  Soul of Street, the german street photography magazine

We think that street photography is the most honest and truthful form of photography. Showing the unfiltered raw emotions of the street, street photography reaches people in their core without having to bend or twist reality.

Our goal is to help establishing street photography in Germany, to support and inspire German street photographers and to promote networking within the German street photography scene. Website

Munich Street Photography Collective

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The Munich street photography collective are Sebastian Hermann, Daniel Tschitsch, Felix Albrecht, Stefan Hellweger, Daniel Booth, Hanna Radek, Steffen Horak and Mark Volz (image). It aims to make street photography more accessible in Bavaria by organising photo walks among others.  Facebook

Street Photography Cologne • Street Photography Collective

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The Street Photography Cologne Collective was founded in 2017 with the ambition to promote Street Photography as a contemporary art form. The collective provides an open platform for street photographers from Greater Cologne to promote their subject or project based work to the public and to get in touch with the local or national photography and art scene.

Members are Andreas Ott, Sven Hoffmann, Oliver Kühnel, David Shokouhbeen and Christopher Reuter. Website

NRW35 • Street Photography Collective

Street Photography germany NRW35 Collective

NRW35 was founded in late 2018 by Reiner Girsch (Soul of Street), Jens von Ewald (strassengeier) and Daniel Schilling (street0231), all based in North Rhine-Westphalia. Their goal is to bundle their same passion and have a lot of fun on the streets. NRW35 focuses on project work and shooting in the street together. Website

Nuernberg Unposed • Street Photography Collective

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Originating from a local instagram project, we want to bring our love for street photography to the world, serve as an information and contact point and help to connect the German street photography community more closely. The members are are: Jolanta Dworczyk, Christoph Lotter, Wolfgang Mertens, Christian Meyer, Virginie Pommel, Gerald Prechtl, Ralph Purrucker und Sebahat Sahverdi. Website

Unposed Society Hannover • Street Photography Collective

Street Photography Germany - Unposed Society Hannover

We are seven guys from the Hannover area with a passion for street photography: André Weißgerber, Sascha „Berberbeard“ Bird, Guido Klumpe (Foto), Sven Protz, Filipp Romanovskij, Mirco Gabrie und Antony Roefs. Several times a year we offer photo walks and photo workshops to the wider public, thus sharing our passion for street photography.  Coming to Hannover? Please get in touch via Instagram

The German Street Photography Site • Platform and Hub

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The German Street Photography Site was founded by the photographers Siegfried Hansen and Marco Larousse out of Hamburg and Martin U Waltz from Berlin.

The German Street Photography Site wants to create awareness for the art-form street photography. It aims to be a promotion and information hub for street photography in Germany. Website

Final Thoughts

When looking a the German street photography scene, two things came to mind:

  1. The German Street Photography scene is actually more an international one. Many photographers featured are not coming from Germany originally, some are woring abroad and others are organised in internal street photography collectives.
  2. Street photography in Germany is evolving and organising itself. Most of the groups featured here were founded in the last two or three years.

It will be very interesting to see where the German street photography scene is going from here.

Are you thinking about coming to Berlin, check out my Berlin photography guide with many street photography tips in it.

Photographer Berlin Martin U Waltz

Martin U Waltz is a photographer, educator and writer in Berlin. His passion is street photography. The streets of Berlin are his preferred hunting ground.

Martin has written and co-authored several books on street photography. He is a passionate photography teacher and offers photography coaching and photography workshops in Berlin.

Martin has won numerous photography awards. His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Budapest, Bucharest, Dublin and Berlin. 


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