Maria Sturm


Maria Sturm (*1985, Romania) received a diploma in Photography from FH Bielefeld in 2012 and a MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. She is a Fulbright and DAAD scholar. She has won several prizes including the New York Photo Award 2012 and the DOCfield Dummy Award Barcelona 2015 with the work Be Good Her work “You don't look Native to me” won the PH Museum Women Photograper Grant, was shortlisted for La Fabrica Dummy Award and made the 2nd place at Unseen Dummy Award. It was published in British Journal of Photography and exhibited at the German Consulate New York, Clamp Art New York, Encontros da Imagem, Addis Foto Fest, Photo Vogue Festival, Artists Unlimited Bielefeld and Aperture Foundation New York among others. It will be next shown at Format Festival 2019. Having met in during a month-long residency at Atelier de Visu Marseille and workshop with Antoine d'Agata in 2012 Cemre Yeşil and Maria Sturm kept in touch ever since. Their collaborative work For Birds' Sake was published by La Fabrica and featured in Colors Magazine, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography and ZEITmagazin among others. It was exhibited at FotoIstanbul, Bitume Photofest, Organ Vida, Format Festival, Daire Gallery, Pavlov's Dog Berlin, Deichtorhallen Hamburg. It was a finalist at OjodePez Award for Human Values 2015 and Renaissance Photography Prize 2017, nominated for Lead Awards 2016, Henri-Nannen-Preis 2016 and Arles Author Book Award 2016 and Prix Levallois 2017.

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