FOTOTREFF Berlin is a non-profit initiative committed to the mediation and promotion of contemporary photography.
Originally initiated in 2014 as a network meeting for artistic and documentary photography, FOTOTREFF Berlin presents current photographic discourses in a variety of formats to a continuously growing audience of professional photo practitioners and enthusiasts from various fields: photo editors, artbuyers, photographers, curators, art dealers, book makers, publishers and more.
The activities of FOTOTREFF Berlin center around bi-monthly evening events with guests from all niches of documentary and artistic photoland. The curated program of the events consists of different modules that are – for each edition – combined in ways most appropriate for the chosen topic and guests.
In the FOTOTREFF TALK format our guests present current works in a one hour conversation with each other, leading to an open Q&A session with the audience. The BOOK SLOT module features selected publications in book and magazine format, from book dummys in the making via experimental zines to finished publications. During the SHOW+TELL format photographers present works in progress. They get the opportunity to discuss questions and perceptions with the audience and gather inspiration and ideas that will take their work a step further.
In 2022 the team members are: Andressa Clemente, Katrin Kamrau, Sara-Lena Maierhofer, Nico Mayrock, Robert Rausch, Inka Recke und Ana Rodríguez.
Form more info see the short bios below.
Origin and former members
FOTOTREFF Berlin was initiated in 2014 by photographer Anna Charlotte Schmid and photo editor Tobias Laukemper (linktr.ee/tobias.laukemper). Apart from the founders other team members since then supported FOTOTREFF with their passion, skills and expertise: photo editor Julia Brigasky, galerist Pauline Friesecke, photographer Annika Nagel (https://www.instagram.com/annika_nagel/), picture editor/agent Vanya Pieters (https://www.vanyapieters.com/), artist Sarah Straßmann (http://sarah-strassmann-fotografie.de/), photo editor Ann-Christin Ziegler.
Apart from the team members, there are many other friendly folks, partners and sponsors, who help, assist and support our activities in many ways. Thank you very much!
If you are interested to learn more about FOTOTREFF Berlin, if you would like to show us your work, get involved in our projects, support us or collaborate with us, please contact us and: let’s talk about photography.
Andressa Clemente is a Berlin-based Brazilian artist who explores the photographic image based on its social role. From the appropriation of pre-existing images to the conception of new photos, she addresses through her works the discussion about collective perception, time and memory. After graduated in Photodesign from the Lette Verein in 2022 she decided to study Museology at University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Andressa takes care of FOTOTREFF’s Instagram account.
Katrin Kamrau (visual artist and distributor)
Katrin Kamrau studied photography and media arts at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. She holds a MA in Visual Arts from the University College Ghent and was a researcher at the Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. The artist engages in the processes of image-making and image-perception with regard to their social implications and normative functions within Western society. Katrin’s artistic practice is fed by theories of visual culture, feminism, and social sciences, with a special focus on social interactions, power structures, role models, and networks of relations that form around (printed) images. Publications play a major role in her work. Katrin is accountable for the BOOK SLOT of FOTOTREFF Berlin.
Sara-Lena Maierhofer (visual artist and lecturer)
Sara-Lena Maierhofer (*1982, D) is a visual artist who works with photography and archival material, sometimes expanding her installations to include other media forms. She uses the field of photography as a territory for exploring the past and present of memory and identity, combining modes and concepts of analogue and digital photography. She graduated in photography and media arts from Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in 2011.
Her work has been exhibited at the Museum für Photographie, Berlin, FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, C/O Berlin and Deichtorhallen Hamburg and is represented in several permanent collections. She was awarded the DZ Bank Project Scholarship for Artistic Photography and the Wüstenrot Foundation’s Documentary Photography Promotion Prize and received working scholarships from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn and the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. Maierhofer lives and works in Berlin.
Robert Rausch (UX strategist, editor, photobook lover)
Robert Rausch develops concepts and strategies for digital media. Following a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology with the final topic “Cultural Identity and Private Photography”, he embarked on a career in the communications industry and manages content-rich projects for clients from business to media and culture. In 2019, he studied picture editing at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. For FOTOTREFF Berlin he coordinates the editorial, educational and fundraising activities. Robert loves photobooks and zines and sometimes writes short statements on them on his Insta channel.
Inka Recke (picture editor)
Inka Recke is a freelance photographer, producer and picture editor in Berlin. After studying photo design in Munich, she managed Delight Studios in Berlin for eight years before taking a position at Bureau Mario Lombardo. Recke’s goal is to dedicate herself to new projects with emerging photographers. In her research and editorial work, she focuses on themes such as gender and identity, fused with contemporary art influences.