Born 1976 in southern Germany, Anna Mutter studied Engineering of Printing Techniques in Stuttgart.
To work on her thesis she went to one of Germanys biggest high quality publishing houses Gruner+Jahr in Hamburg where she went on working in the field of process optimization after receiving her diploma. At the age of 26 she came back to her dream to become a photographer. Part-time working at the publishing house she went to Hannover to study photography, focussed on journalism and storytelling. Since 2009 she succeeds as a freelance photographer based in Hamburg, Germany.