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German-born photographer Katrin Koenning currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Much of her work investigates intricacies of the ordinary and everyday, and is concerned with questions of place and belonging. Her work has been shown at international photography festivals such as Noorderlicht, Delhi Photo Fest, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Reportage, Voies Off, HeadOn and the Gijon International Photojournalism Festival.
Katrin has exhibited widely, and her work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, GUP Magazine, Der Spiegel Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine and DeepSleep Magazine amongst others. She has won a number of awards including an IPA Award, the Troika Editions Format Exposure Prize, the HeadOn Portrait Prize Critics’ Choice Award, a Julia Margaret Cameron Award, a National Geographic Award, and the APJ Award for Most Outstanding Documentary Photography. In 2011, Katrin was voted Australia’s Top Emerging Documentary Photographer and selected as an artist for Hijacked III: AUS / UK.
Her series “Transit” documents people on journeys. She says, “While travelling, you hear laughter and bits of stories in amongst the monotonous sighing of the train or the mourning sound of an aching ship. Mostly, you hear silence. By fate, destiny or chance, strangers are thrown together for a short while, forced to share an intimate space. There is a quiet comfort in sitting back and watching the world fly by.”