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.
All 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 an ideas that will take their work a step further.
History and present team
FOTOTREFF Berlin was initiated by photographer Anna Charlotte Schmid and photo editor Tobias Laukemper in 2014. In 2021 the team members are: Julia Brigasky, Meller Ehlert, Katrin Kamrau, Sara-Lena Maierhofer, Robert Rausch, Inka Recke, Anna Charlotte Schmid und Ann-Kristin 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.
Short profiles of the FOTOTREFF Berlin team members of 2021
Anna Charlotte Schmid (Photographer, Founder and Director FOTOTREFF Berlin)
Anna Charlotte Schmid lives and works in Berlin. After studying “Integrated Design” with a degree in photography at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and at the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, she completed postgraduate studies in photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. In 2014, Anna Charlotte Schmid founded FOTOTREFF Berlin. In her freelance photographic work, Schmid is interested in the “making of an image” itself and the processes behind it. Situated between staging and documentation, her artistic work focuses on the human image of minorities and the question of individual identity. The focus of her commissioned works for magazines are portraits. Anna Charlotte Schmid has received several grants and awards, including the Pride Photo Award 2013 and a working scholarship from the Stiftung Kunstfonds (Neustart) Bonn 2020. She has presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as Villa Ichon Bremen 2013, Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst Wiesbaden 2013, nGbK Berlin 2014, Hirado Dutch Trading Post Japan 2014, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin EMOP 2014, Foam Café Amsterdam 2015, Houston FotoFest 2015, aff Galerie 2016 and Between Bridges Berlin 2019.
Julia Brigasky (picture editor)
Julia Brigasky is a picture editor and accessibility expert. Brigasky studied in both Berlin and Montreal, Canada, and has a Master’s degree in Canadian Literature. She is a graduate of the picture editing class at the Ostkreuz School of Photography. In photography, her focus is on works that reflect social change and (sub)urban developments. Brigasky works with emerging photographers on their photo series and is particularly interested in the visual aesthetics of photo books, curating and the mediation of photography in the digital space.
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.
Katrin exhibits internationally in various institutions including the Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bozar, M HKA and Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Her work was awarded the Gute Aussichten – new german photography grand and the GWK Art Prize. In 2015 she received the Fernand Baudin Prize for her publication DAS OBJEKT. The federal state of Brandenburg honored her work in 2013, 2017, and 2020. In 2021 she received a working scholarship from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn. Publications play a major role in her work. Together with Meller, 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 (writer, picture 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 part-time at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. For FOTOTREFF Berlin he coordinates fundraising activities and editorial 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.
Ann-Kristin Ziegler (picture editor)
Ann-Kristin Ziegler works as a freelance photo editor for publications such as Freitag and Die Epilog. She also supervises and realises photo book projects in collaboration with photographers. Since 2019, she has been part of Fototreff Berlin, where she curates a series of events that deal with artistic and documentary photography.