Andre (10) is handicapped boy and lives in a Children ´s Home in St. Petersburg, Russia. Many people in Russia say that handicapped shouldn`t have a natural right for life. And in many cases mothers are advised to give their babies in homes for disabled directly after birth. But disabled persons in Russia mostly are locked far away from society and live under terrible conditions. It is an undignified life - reduced to languish until death. Volunteers, like Laura are great messenger of smile for people, which are invisible for others.
Since 1998 I work as a freelance photographer with a focus on documentary, portrait, travel and corporate. I realise assignments for clients – national and international magazines and newspapers, also non-government organizations, enterprises and advertising agencies – worldwide. In addition to commissioned works, I am still working on personal projects. For my reportages I am following the requirements of a socially engaged photojournalism. Mostly these stories are about being human. In 2003 I took an entire year off to study photo journalism at London College of Communication. Since 2006 I am represented by photo agency laif and became a contributing photographer to Redux Pictures in 2012. From 2009 on I regularly work for The New York Times. I joined the course ‘Protection and behavior in crisis centers’ for journalists of the German Federal Ministry of Defense in 2012. Furthermore I regularly lead different photo workshops and have been a jury member of various photo awards in Germany and the USA. For assignments and independent projects I had already travelled to Palestine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Senegal, Tanzania, Cuba, Canada and across Europe. Assignments Among others for: The New York Times / The International New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, Aftenposten, Dagens Næringsliv, NZZ am Sonntag, Die Zeit, Handelsblatt, die Tageszeitung (taz), National Geographic, Newsweek, stern, Der Spiegel, Focus, NEWS Magazine, M – Le magazine du Monde, Corriere della Sera SETTE Magazine, The Fader Magazine, chrismon, Nido, Brigitte, CashFlow, Impulse, UNHCR, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, medico international, Oxfam, Transparency International, Caritas, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Attac, Bundesjugendring, DGB, IG-Metall, ver.di, Northwestern University, SILVERKRIS (Singapore Airlines), Audi, Deutsche Post, Tchibo, AVM and the VolkswagenStiftung. Publications Among others in: GEO, stern Reisen, Le Point, Russian Reporter, La Stampa, Nouvel Observateur, Amnesty Journal, UNICEF News, Eine Welt Magazin, welt-sichten, Fluter, Brand Eins, NEON, Haaretz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Freitag, Financial Times Deutschland, enorm, manager magazin, WirtschaftsWoche, Money Week, Monopol, Eurobonus Traveler (SAS Scandinavian Airlines) and Playboy.