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About Katharina Hesse is a Beijing-based ( accredited) photographer who has worked throughout Asia for nearly two decades. Her work primarily focuses on China’s social concerns among them youth and urban culture, religion and North Korean refugees. Ms. Hesse has traveled on assignment to Indonesia, Mongolia, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea and the Philippines. Ms Hesse is fluent in Chinese, English, French and German.

Katharina began her work in Asia as an assistant for German television (ZDF). In 1996, she started working in Newsweek’s Beijing bureau and subsequently participated in numerous cover projects. In 2003 she moved to Getty Images. She’s been freelancing for the past 6 years and work has been featured in various publications including:
Burn, Courrier International, Courrier Japon, Der Spiegel, D della Repubblica, e-photoreview.com, EYEmazing, FT Magazine, Zeit Magazin, Glamour (Germany), IO Donna, Die Zeit, Marie-Claire, Le Monde,Le Monde Diplomatique, Manager Magazin ( Germany) , Neon ,Ode Pez,100Eyes.org , Reporters without borders ( yearbook 2010, Germany), Stern, Time Asia, Vanity Fair ( Italy & Germany) and Wired (Italy).

The following represent some of the additional exhibitions and photography festivals at which her work has been shown:

2013 :

-Moving Walls 20 / Open Society Foundation, May 2013
-Dokfoto, Oslo, Norway Feb. 2013

2011 : “Human Negotiations”, Three Shadows photography Art Centre, June,Beijing, China


- "Arles in Beijing " ( Caochangdi Photo spring), April 17-21, 2010, China
" LAND country life in the urban age", Noorderlicht Fotofestival, Sept- Oct. 2010, The Netherlands
-" One Step forward, two steps back", SKUK Gallery, Ljubljana, ( International Festival of Contemporary Arts), 2010, Slovenia
-8th Art Festival, Aleppo, Oct.6-17, 2010, Syria


-Chobi Mela V, Bangladesh 2009;
-Noorderlicht Fotogalerie “Summer of Love”, July-August 2009,
-Noorderlicht Fotofestival; “Pursuit of Happiness”, September 2009, The Netherlands.

before 2009 :

-“Road Trips” David Alan Harvey at LOOK3 June 2008, USA;
-the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2007;
-the Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2006
-Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France, 2002;

for more details incl. corporate: see www.katharinahesse.com

monographs : " Human Negotiations " ( Katharina Hesse & Lara Day , Three Shadows Press 2011)

“This is where the world becomes negotiable. It’s open and inclusive instead of closed and exclusive.” -Olafur Eliasson

Katharina Hesse 's current location:
Seoul , Korea (South)

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