Stephanie Steinkopf is a photographer living and working in Berlin. Her personal work focuses on long term artistic- documentary projects. With an intimate photographic approach she explores political and social issues connected to the lives of people. She questions our often volatile and biased views on people, especially the marginalized ones. Her longterm project Manhattan - Straße der Jugend with portraits of people in Manhattan in the Oderbruch, a rural area structurally collapsed after the German reunification in 1989 gained international recognition, exhibitions and awards, including 1st Vattenfall Fotopreis and gute aussichten - young german photography. From 2013 to 2015 she portrayed homeless women aged between 55 and 74 living on the streets in Berlin. The work VOGELFREI points out the worsening tendency of the rising number of homless women in recent years in Germany because of domestic violence, forced evictions and mental illness. This work has been exhibited throughout Europe. VOGELFREI was awarded with the European Photo Exhibition Award 02, VG Bildkunst and in 2015 it received the Lotto Brandenburg Kunstpreis. Stephanie Steinkopf is member of OSTKREUZ agency.

Education
2013 - 2015 Postgraduate studies and assistance with Prof.Ute Mahler and Robert Lyons, Ostkreuzschule Berlin
2009 - 2012 Photographic studies with Prof. Ute and Werner Mahler,Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin
2001 - 2008 M.A. in Ethnomusicology, Latin American Studies, Contempory History; FU Berlin

Mentoring / Workshops
2015 Mentoring the german-french-polish artist in residence program, Stiftung Genshagen
2014 Workshop "Selfportrait", in cooperation with the painter Jyrki Reikki, Artschool Kokkula, Finland

Grants / Awards
2015 Kunstpreis Lotto Brandenburg
2013 European Photo Exhibition Award (epea 2), Körber-Stiftung Hamburg
2013 Gute Aussichten - German young photography 2013/2014
2013 Nominated for artist grant DZ Bank art collection, Frankfurt/ Main
2013 VG Bildkunst / Artist grant
2013 2nd Prize Portfolio, 5th Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg
2012 1st Prize Vattenfall Fotopreis

Residencies
2017 Goethe Institut Helsinki and Aue Foundation
2015 Goethe Institut Helsinki and HIAP/ Helsinki International Artist Program, Finland
2015 Galerie der Stadt Wels, in cooperation with Fotohof Salzburg, Wels, Austria
2014 Goethe Institut Helsinki and HIAP/ Helsinki International Artist Program, Finland

Groupexhibitions
2017 Schlaglichter, Sammlungsgeschichte(n), dkw Cottbus and Museum für Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/Oder (DE)
2015 - 2017 25 Jahre Ostkreuz in:
Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Roma (IT)
Museum für Angewandte Kunst Gera (DE)
Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munic (DE)
Friche Belle de Mai, Goethe Institut, Marseille (FR)
Galerie Passage du Désir BETC, Goethe Institut, Paris(FR)
2016 Don´t feed the crocodile, Direktorenhaus, Berlin (DE)
2016 Lotto Brandenburg, Potsdam (DE)
2016 Positionen, Photobastei, Zürich (CH)
2015 Art Budapest, Landesverband der Berliner Galerien und Ostkreuz, Budapest (HU)
2015 Lotto Brandenburg Kunstpreis Fotografie, Brandenbourg Parliament, Potsdam (DE)
2015 SPUREN (des Alltags), Parliament Potsdam, Museum for contempory art Brandenbourg dkw. Cottbus (DE)
2015 European Photo Exhibition Award 2, House of photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (DE)
2014 Neighbourhood, Galerie der Stadt Wels, curated by Herman Seidl (Fotohof Salzburg), (AT)
2014 European Photo Exhibition Award 2, Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris (FR)
2014 Berlin photography, Galerie Carpentier, Berlin (DE)
2014 Gute Aussichten 2013/2014 with Manhattan in
House of photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (DE)
Goethe-Institut Washington DC, (US)
Goethe-Institut Nicosia (CY)
OBLICK Festival, Strasbourg and Offenburg (DE)
Museum Villa Stuck, Munic (DE)
Goethe-Institut Mexiko City (MEX)
Goethe-Institut & Institut Francais Milano (IT)
2014 European Photo Exhibition Award 2, Exhibition Center Lucca (IT)
2014 ArtPhotoBcn, Art Fair Barcelona, Spain
2014 European Photo Exhibition Award 2, Nobel Peace Center Oslo (NO)
2013 BW Art Gallery, Hannover (DE)
2013 Einraumhaus c/o Mannheim, 5. Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg (DE)
2013 Wiesbadener Fototage, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden (DE)
2013 zeit-los, Kunstverein Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, Berlin (DE)
2013 C|O Berlin, 1. Preis Vattenfall Fotopreis 2012 (DE)
2012 Echos, Kaufhaus Maßen at Oranienplatz, 5th european month of photography, Berlin (DE)
2012 Auf Bötzow, Bötzow Berlin (DE)

Collections
Museum for Contempory Art Brandenbourg dkw. Cottbus
Private Collections

Commissions
Neue Züricher Zeitung, Managment Magazin, Libération, Neues Deutschland, der Freitag, Stern, DB Mobil, Howoge Mietermagazin, Stiftung Genshagen, der Wedding- Das Magazin für Alltagskultur, private comissions