About us

FOTODOKS is organised and carried out as an independent festival by a curatorial collective of photographers who strive to turn the festival into a special and exciting event every two years with great enthusiasm and idealism.

Meet the team

  • Photographer

    Dominik Gigler

    Dominik (*1968) studied at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich and at the London College of Printing in London. In 2009 he was one of the exhibiting artist at the Fotodoks Festival in Bad Aibling, showing his personal project 'Along the River Lea'.

  • Photographer, Graphic Designer

    Nadine Loës

    Nadine (*1979) is a freelance Photographer and Graphic designer. After her apprenticeship as a Mediadesigner in Stuttgart she studied first Photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich and then finished her Photography Postgraduate Study at the „Ostkreuzschule“ in Berlin with Ute Mahler and Robert Lyons. She was founder and editor of „salopp – an independent magazine for young photography“.

  • Photographer

    Tanja Kernweiss

    Tanja studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich and did her post-graduate with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. In 2015 she received the audience award at the Fotodoksfestival with her work "Wishing Well". Tanja lives and works in Munich.

  • Photographer

    Inés Duemig

  • Event Manger

    Alexandra Schöfberger


  • Photographer

    Frank Bauer

    Frank (*1967) studied photography at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich. He works as a freelance photographer with a focus on portraiture and reportage.

  • Photographer

    Verena Kathrein

    Verena (*1983) studied photography at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. She works as a freelance photographer. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Rome Scholarship of the Republic of Austria where she initiated the artistic research project "Then I would like to make a happy end for once" in collaboration with the artist Ariane Müller.

  • Photographer

    Jakob Schmitt

    Jakob (*1987) studied Photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich, where he is now based, working as a freelance photographer. His interest in people, his fascination by their behaviour and interaction is what drives him to take pictures. For his personal work, he focuses on certain regions, creating site-specific stories.

  • Photographer

    Lisa Hörterer

    Lisa (*1980) studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Munich. She works as a freelance photographer and was part of the team that founded the magazine „Salopp - ein junges Heft für freie Fotografie“.

  • Photographer

    Sima Dehgani

    Sima (*1985) studied Art and Multimedia at LMU and subsequently photography at the Academy of fine arts in Munich. In addition to her work as a freelance photographer for editorial clients, she pursues her documentary projects.

Meet the founding dogs

  • Curator and Author

    Sophia Greiff

    Sophia (*1982) is a freelance curator and photographer. From 2011 to 2013 she was a scholar in the program Museum Curators for Photography of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and joined Fotodoks while working at the Munich City Museum in 2011. In 2014 and 2015 she took over the organizational management of the festival. From 2016 until April 2021 Sophia worked as graduate research assistant in the program for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Currently she is doing research as a doctoral candidate at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen on photojournalistic forms of narration and presentation in the photobook and supports the new Fotodoks team in an advisory capacity.

  • Photographer

    Hans Herbig

    Hans (*1973) came to photography via skateboarding and snowboarding. He was co-founder of Pleasure Snowboard magazine and its picture editor, until he joined the magazine Onboard as picture editor-in-chief. His special passion for mountain worlds - he is UIMLA International Mountain Leader -, sports and landscapes characterizes his photography. Hans initiated the Fotodoks Festival together with Robert Pupeter in 2008 in Bad Aibling.

  • Photographer

    Jörg Koopmann

    Jörg (*1968) 1993 Diploma in photo design, until 1996 photographer at Lenbachhaus. Since 1997 self-employed and mainly working in the field of reportage/portrait. 2001 Photography Award of the City of Munich. Co-founder of the photo forum glossy. 2009 start of the book with a beard publishing house. In 2010 he was co-initiator of the Sight-_seeing project in Tyrol. From 2014 to 2020 he is curator and director of the exhibition hall Lothringer13. Lives in Munich and Copenhagen and works closely with Lene Harbo Pedersen on art and photo projects. Jörg has been co-organizer of the Fotodoks Festival since 2009 and was still involved as consultant for the new Fotodoks team for 2019.

  • Photographer

    Robert Pupeter

    Robert (*1971) has been working for many years as a photographer in the fields of reportage and portrait photography. He also works on freelance projects dealing with the perception of landscape and the relationship between man and space. He is co-initiator of exhibition projects such as Gruppenzwang, Kurzstrecke, socio-cultural platforms such as hofHaus Weicht and founded the Fotodoks Festival together with Hans Herbig in 2008.

  • Photographer

    Armin Smailovic

    Armin (*1968) studied at the Bavarian State School for Photography in Munich. He had his first job during the war in Croatia 1991-93. Since then, he is deeply involved with post-conflict societies and political issues. In the early years Michael Schmidt was his mentor and brought him to author photography. His reportage and portrait photographs were awarded among others, in 2014 with the Hansel Mieth Award and the Award of the City of Munich. 2009 Armin won the Fotodoks Prize and went straight into the organization of the festival.

A warm thank you

Each year many supporters, partners, and volunteers, enthusiastics about photography, are helping with their initiative to make it possible to invite the international photography community to Munich for FOTODOKS.

Our deepest thanks go to everyone, who has been and is contributing with their engagement to make FOTODOKS an indispensable event in the calendar of photography: Christian Albrecht, Anna Baumann, Diana Ebster, Iris Fellner, Irene Graef, Nicolas Greiff, Maritta Iseler, Philipp Klak, Joseph Köttl, Martin Kompatscher, Marcus Lange, Eva Leitolf, Reiner Löschinger, Tilman v. Mengershausen, Christian Oettinger, Reinhold Pelz, Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, Bärbel Praun, Dominik Raab, Julia Richter, Martin Steiner, Theo Thönessen, Joachim Ziemer and many more.