Frederike Helwig is a German-born photographer based in London and working internationally. Alongside her long-term editorial practice, she produces personal projects focusing on social documentary, portraiture, still life and landscape, often exploring alternative perspectives of specific subjects or commissioned briefs.
Helwig has published four monographs: Propaganda (self-published, 2016), a series of photographs depicting motivational slogans covering the walls of a high school in Georgia, USA; Rundgang (Here Press, 2017) that features portraits and documentary work covering an American real estate development in Nicaragua; Kriegskinder (Hatje Cantz, 2017), a long-term independent project which explores identity and personal history of people who grew up in post-war Germany; and Lessons To Learn (self-published, 2022), a newspaper zine addressing the newly introduced Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.
Helwig’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Athens Photography Festival APhF 18 and at GFMF, Berlin. She has received awards from D&AD, the Lead Awards for editorial photography in 2000 and 2014, was nominated for an ICP Infinity award in 2010 and received the Anamorphosis Prize for Propaganda in 2017. Kriegskinder was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award in 2019. Her editorial work has appeared regularly in publications including iD, The Face, Zeit Magazin, FAZ, The Guardian, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vogue, and independent magazines.
Adidas, Another Magazine, Apartamento, Art Review, Barneys, Camper, Converse, Dazed, Der Spiegel, Elle, FAZ Magazin,Gap, Glenfiddich, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Hero, Helmut Lang, iD, Interview, LeMonde, Levis, Monocle, Nike, New York Times, Nowness, Perry Ellis, Ponystep, Purple, SelfService, Sleezenation, Spin, Sony, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stern, Teen Vogue, The Face, The NewYorker, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue, W, WSJ, Zeit Magazin, 10 Magazine among others.
2019 – Group Show - 209 Woman, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2018 – Solo Show - Kriegskinder, Lothringer13 Nest, Munich
2018 – Group Show - Kriegskinder, Athens Photography Festival APhF, Photobook Show, Greece
2018 – GroupShow - Female Female, GFMG, Berlin
2018 – Solo Show - Kriegskinder, Galerie FHoch3, Berlin
2011 – Group Show - Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
2010 – Solo Show - Skype, GFMG, Berlin
2008 – Solo Show - Smile, GFMG, Berlin
2017 – Kriegskinder, Hatje Cantz
2017 – Rundgang, Here Press
2016 – Propaganda, Self-Published
All images © Frederike Helwig
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