Maria Sturm


Maria Sturm (*1985 in Romania) studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany and at the Rhode Island School of Design as a Fulbright and DAAD scholar. She is working on personal projects, commissions (Wall Street Journal, der Stern, NZZ Folio and ZEITmagazin) and as an educator, having taught at RISD and BTK. Her most recent work “You don't look Native to me” has won the PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant, Center Santa Fe Directors Choice Award and the Royal Photographic Society Award. It was shortlisted for PhotoLondon La Fabrica Dummy Award, Kassel Dummy Award and made the 2nd place at Unseen Dummy Award and published in BJP, D La Repubblica, Refinery29 and Lensculture. It was exhibited in the German Consulate New York, Encontros da Imagem, at Artists Unlimited, Addis Foto Fest, Format Festival and at Aperture Foundation. For Birds' Sake in collaboration with Cemre Yesil was published as a photobook by La Fabrica and in How We See: Photobooks made by Women, Colors Magazine, The Guardian and BJP. It was exhibited during FotoIstanbul, Organ Vida and at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. It was finalist at PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values and Renaissance Photography Prize, Arles Author Book Award and Prix Levallois. She has won several prizes including the New York Photo Award and the DOCfield Dummy Award with Be Good. Be Good was published in Powerhouse Magazine: The Future of Contemporary Photography, Paper Journal, Vice and Photograph Magazine.

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