Dana is a German born, through self-study educated photographer currently living in Heidelberg. For more than a decade she is supporting NGO’s like DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Equal Playing Field or Women Win who are fighting for a world in which girls and women can do sports without being discriminated against for any reason. Dana’s work focuses on women’s and human rights, queer identity and cultural integration. She has traveled to the tops of mountains and into some of the most dangerous places on our planet to document incredible women’ stories. She’s drawn to issues that she has personal experience with and wants to raise awareness about social, ecological and economic injustices. Dana connects with people and strives to combine the aesthetics and expressive power of photography and has an unhidden fascination in finding out stories behind people.
Her work include making images and provide a story behind the image, teaching and lecturing. Her images can be found in newspapers & magazines, exhibitions and in published books.
A NOTE ON HER PHOTOGRAPHY
The basis of her photographic work is the respect and love towards the people whose picture she is taking, no matter how well she knows them, and no matter the circumstances. She “connects” and she wants to make a photograph when she sees a certain “attitude of the heart”, conveyed through a gesture, a facial expression, the body language or the posture and appearance. She loves to observe, she does not direct anybody, and she doesn’t create or impose special situations or positions. She always works with the existing light and space. This way she perceives every good photograph as a present, gratefully, offered to me as the photographer as well as to the person in front of her lens.
PROJECTS since 2009:
Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Tanzania
2019 – Kick It Like Lira | Germany
WORLD RECORD HOLDER:
In 2019, Equal Playing Field hosted the Festival of Football in an effort to bring the world to the World Cup. The main task of the festival was the attempt to break the record for the most number of players to appear in a 5-a-side football match. EPF – and so I too – broke the record with 822 participants across 69 consecutive hours of play.