Maria Sturm


Maria Sturm was born in 1985 in Ploiesti, Romania and is based in Berlin. Maria received her Diploma in Photography and Media from FH Bielefeld in 2012 and she’s graduating with an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Maria received a Fulbright and DAAD scholarship, a RISD Graduate Studies in 2016 to complete “You Don't Look Native To Me“ and in 2017 to produce a new work in Senegal. She has won prizes like the New York Photo Award 2012 and the DOCfield Dummy Award Barcelona 2015 with the work “Be Good” and the SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging for "You Don't Look Native To Me". Maria met Turkish photographer Cemre Yesil during a residency and workshop with Antoine d'Agata in Marseille in 2012. Their permanent exchange led them to a collaboration and in 2014 they have photographed “For Birds' Sake”, a work about the Birdmen of Istanbul, which was published by La Fabrica Madrid and featured in Colors Magazine, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography and ZEITmagazin among others. It was exhibited at FotoIstanbul, Daire Gallery, La Fabrica, Pavlov's Dog Berlin and Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Bitume Photofest and also was a finalist at PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values 2015, shortlisted for Rencontres d'Arles Author Book Award 2015, nominated for Henri-Nannen-Preis 2015 and Lead Awards 2016, Prix Levallois 2017 and Renaissance Photography Prize 2017.

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