Marcus Wiechmann studies photojournalism and documentary photography at Hochschule Hanover, Germany. In 2015 he spent two semesters abroad as an Erasmus+ scholar at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2017 he attended an exchange semester at Patshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh with a DAAD scholarship. Marcus is a freelance photojournalist who likes to work with different visual approaches and mediums. With his long-term projects he focuses on social, humanitarian and environmental aspects of life with a special interest for issues in Europe and the Middle East. His aim as a visual storyteller is to dig deep into topics and to be familiar with the people he documents, which makes him able to create an unique visual narrative about his subjects and their stories.
Currently based in Bremen, Germany.
2019 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award, 2019 - Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, 2018 - Award of Exellence at 73rd CPOY, 2017 - Gold medal at 72nd CPOY
- Video capture
- Video editing
Dalit Colony #1
In the Miron Jolla colony in Dhaka, Bangladesh, cultural or religious festivals take place regularly. In this competition the residents dance in different age classes to Indian music and a jury selects the winners. The winners will later receive prizes from the "mayor" of the colony.
The Yazidis #2
During the liberation of the Islamic State stronghold Raqqa in Syria, SDF forces liberated some Yazidi woman from Shingal. They had been abducted at 3rd August 2014 and were hold as slaves by the terrorists for three years. At Carsema Sor (Yazidi New Year) these woman visited Lalish to receive blessings from Baba Sheikh, the religious leader of the Yazidi.
The Yazidis #1
Religious helpers that live in Lalish, the most holy site in Yazidism, light up 365 candles in the vast temple sites to praise the light of each day in a year. Sun, all elements and nature in general are sacred for the Yazidis. Therefore they praise the fire, which is misinterpreted as devil worshiping by islamic extremists.