Nadja Wohlleben is an independent photojournalist, documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist based in Berlin. A careful play of documentation and artistry, Nadja’s work focuses on concepts of femininity, power and identity. Depicting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she documents their stories through her imagery in an authentic, intimate and aesthetic style. With a keen eye for detail, Nadja’s photography brings humanity to the foreground.
Nadja is a member of laif photo agency and Women Photograph.
Nadja’s work gained international recognition through prestigious photo contests, such as the International Photography Awards, FotoVisura Photography Grant, The Photography Gala Awards, or the Moskow International Foto Awards. Her photographs have been featured in publications like VICE Magazine (US), GEO Magazine (GER), doc!photo magazine (PL), Burn Magazine, WIRED, Feature Shoot, New Internationalist (UK), or The Observer (UK). She has collaborated with international and local NGO’s like UNHCR, Humedica, No Means No Worldwide, Ujamaa Africa, or Makhzoumi Foundation.
As an undergraduate Nadja received a scholarship to study Journalism at New York University, then went on to complete her first Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology at Humboldt University in Berlin. Upon realizing that photography was the ideal tool to combine her interests, she majored in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London, graduating with distinction in September 2013.
2018 - 'Women seen by Women'/ The Photography Gala Awards, 2016 - FotoVisura Photography Grant, 2016 - MOPLA - Month of Photography LA Open Call, 2016 - Moscow International Foto Awards, 2016 - International Photography Awards, 2016 - 'Family of Man' International Photography Awards, 2016 - The Emerging Photographer Fund / BURN Magazine, 2006 - Scholarship DAAD (German Academic Exchange)
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Nairobi, KENYA, February 28, 2017: Helen Wairimu, 106, is the oldest participant of the ‘Shosho Jikinge’ (Engl.: ‘Grandmother defend yourself’) group in the Korogocho township. A rape survivor, Helen has been training self-defense techniques with around 20 other ladies, aged between 55-106 years, for six years. In 2016, a heavy-set, young man came to Helen’s hut and raped her. Helen still participates in the class every week, eager to encourage the other women to train harder through her role as a survivor. In the Korogocho and Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, one in four women are raped. Older women in particular have been targets in these small villages, as some young men, often under the influence of drugs and alcohol, believe a widespread superstition: that having sex with a grandmother cures HIV and washes off all sins. Recently, with few options, elderly women have begun to fight off these rapists using self-defense techniques.
February 23, 2017: A participant of the 'Shosho Jikinge' (Engl.: 'Grandmother defend yourself') group in the Kibera township practices a technique to break free from a grip. In the Korogocho and Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, one in four women are raped. Older women in particular have been targets in these small villages, as some young men, often under the influence of drugs and alcohol, believe a widespread superstition: that having sex with a grandmother cures HIV and washes off all sins. Recently, with few options, elderly women have begun to fight off these rapists using self-defense techniques.
NANDI, KERALA, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 12, 2017: Worshippers perform a Hindu ritual to honor their ancestors at the Nandi Temple.