Professors and staff

Christoph Bangert am Steuer des Fotobusses.Prof. Christoph Bangert was born in 1978 in Daun in the Eifel region. He works as a photographer, author, university lecturer and licenced bus driver. He studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. His photos have appeared in FAZ, NZZ, Zeit, Cicero, GEO, Stern, Neon, Spiegel, Time, Newsweek, the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. In a commission for the New York Times, he documented the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bangert’s work has been distinguished with the World Press Photo Award and other prizes. He has served as a member of the jury to confer the Nannen Prize, the Otto Steinert Prize, the World Press Photo Award and the Joop Swart Masterclass. He is the author of several books, including War Porn (Kehrer 2014), hello camel (Kehrer 2016) and Rumors of War (Kehrer 2020). Bangert is the initiator of the Fotobus Society, which is sponsored by Nikon and, with more than 700 members, is Germany’s largest photography project. At Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he is a professor of portrait photography, short-term design projects, foreign reportage and curating. Furthermore, he teaches in the international class. Telephone: 0151 20738098 Email:

Lars_klProf. Lars Bauernschnitt, born in Hamburg in 1963, studied communications design with a focus on photography and editorial design at the Universität Gesamthochschule Essen (formerly the Folkwang Schule) from 1985 until 1992. From 1993 to 2008, he was managing director of the VISUM photo agency. Alongside this, he was a member of the board of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (BVPA) from 2001 until 2010 and became chairman of the same board in 2003. Since 2008, he has been a professor at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and has acted as spokesman for the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program since 2011 as well as being dean of the Department of Design and Media from 2013 until 2015. Lars Bauernschnitt teaches short-term reporting, photobooks, the language of images and editorial photography. Email:

Christian_klChristian O. Bruch, born in Kusel in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1967, has been a photographer since 1991. His areas of concentration are now photo reporting and journalistic portraiture. Christian Bruch works for national and international editorial offices, publishing houses and advertising agencies as well as for companies and associations. Moreover, he has been active as a speaker and workshop leader. At the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he has been teaching the seminars Portrait Photography and Celebrities on Location since 2011.

FischmannLutz_Studio_vonLachner_02 KopieLutz Fischmann, born in Osnabrück in 1956, has been managing director of the FREELENS photography association since 2001. Alongside this, he is active as a speaker and specialist author. For the past 14 years, he has been working as a lecturer at various post-secondary institutions. Among other things, he is the publisher of the FREELENS magazine and is a member of several juries. Before he became managing director of FREELENS, Lutz Fischmann worked internationally as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines such as Spiegel, Die Zeit, Newsweek and others. Lutz Fischmann leads the seminar The Photographer as Entrepreneur.

Karen 2_klProf. Dr. Karen Fromm, born in Hamburg in 1968, studied Art History, Literature and Culture Management in Hamburg and Berlin. She graduated from Berlin’s Humboldt University with a dissertation on ‘The Picture as Witness: Staging the Documentary Aspects of Artistic Photography since 1980’. From 1995 until 1997, Karen Fromm managed the Galerie Pfefferberg in Berlin. In 1999, she took on the leadership of the Department of Exhibitions, CSR and Corporate Design at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the management of the FOCUS photography and press agency. Since 2010, she has been the Senior Chairwoman of the Friends of the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. In 2011, Karen Fromm has been teaching at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts, giving seminars on the Language of Images, the Photographer as Entrepreneur, Portfolio, the Documentary Aspects of Photography, Curating and Photo Book. Email:

portrait hauri copyright norbert müllerProf. Michael Hauri was born in 1983 and studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Hannover, after which he worked as a photographer for various German newspapers and magazines. Since 2009, he has been operator and creative director of the 2470media agency in Berlin. Furthermore, Michael Hauri is a lecturer in the subject of Multimedia Storytelling.  He has been awarded several prizes for his work as author and producer, including the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists, the Grimme Online Award and the World Press Photo Award. At the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he offers seminars on short-term reporting and online reporting.,

FelixKoltermann_klDr. Felix Koltermann was born in 1979 and studied photo design at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as well as peace and conflict research at Hamburg’s Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy. He completed his doctorate with a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the department for communications sciences at the University of Erfurt with a dissertation devoted to international photojournalism in Israel/Palestine. From 2016 until 2019, Koltermann worked at the Institute for Media, Theatre and Popular Culture at the University of Hildesheim. As a lecturer, he has worked at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Free University of Berlin, the Leuphana in Lüneburg and other institutions. Apart from his academic work, he is active as a trainer and instructor in adult education and writes as a freelance journalist (Photonews, FREELENS, MMM, …). His research concentrates on picture-editorial work, international photojournalism, visual media competence and the photobook in newspaper printing. Since October 2019, Koltermann has been a research associate at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His book Fotoreporter im Konflikt − Der internationale Fotojournalismus in Israel/Palästina was recently published by the transcript publishing house. Email:

Marta_KrajinovicMarta Krajinović was born in 1975. She studied political science in Giessen, followed by photojournalism and documentary photography in Hanover. Early in her studies, she took on responsibility for various projects and exhibitions prepared in the programme. Since 2016, she has provided assistance and coordination for the programme. In Winter Semester 2019/20, after the successful completion of her master’s degree, she started teaching the theoretical foundations of photography, studio practice and the practice phase in documentation work. Furthermore, in Winter Semester 2020/21 she will also work as a lecturer at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. Telephone: 0511-92962339 Email:

Susanne_KriegSusanne Krieg studied English, history and ethnology before enrolling in a programme at Hamburg’s Henri Nannen School of Journalism (Zeitverlag, Gruner + Jahr, Der Spiegel). After that, she worked for more than 10 years as an editor at the magazine GEO where, among other things, she conceptualised print magazines and wrote prize-winning reportages which earned distinction, for instance with a preliminary nomination for the Henri Nannen Prize and the conferral of the Hansel Mieth Prize. Apart from classical reportage, her favourite journalism-related discipline is the interview. Indeed, she has been leading seminars on this topic at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2017. She also teaches editorial work as well as the applications of social media, which simply cannot be ignored in everyday (photo)journalism. Krieg lives in Hamburg, where she rounds out her teaching with writing a successful blog and Instagram account about the city and develops digital photo guides. Her book Hamburg fotografieren was published by dpunkt.verlag in 2019. Website: Contact:

KrimmerHeinz_Studio_vonLachner_klHeinz Krimmer, born in Würzburg in 1960, studied Journalism, History, German Studies and Politics in Berlin. As an author, he writes for the magazine Mare, among others, about marine topics; he also produces nature-related apps for the Jahr and Kosmos publishing houses. As a photographer, he has worked for newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad. Heinz Krimmer is a co-owner of Berlin’s Voller Ernst photo agency. Moreover, he has he has conceptualized solutions for archiving images for the company Diasystems GmbH. Along with Ernst Volland, he has published several photo books and organizes exhibitions showing the work of Yevgeny Khaldei. Heinz Krimmer leads the seminar on Archiving.,,

Katharina LemkeKatharina Lemke was born in Hanover in 1967. She studied communications design at the Essen Comprehensive University (now Folkwangschule) with a concentration on photography and book design. Subsequently, she opened her own graphics office in Essen, where she created images for the Zeche Zollverein and the Duisburg Documentary Film Week. Since 2000, she has been working as a designer for the international brand agency MetaDesign in Berlin. With her team, she develops brands, from design strategy to implementation and documentation. Her main focus is the topic of visual language. Her clients include Volkswagen, Siemens, Nationale Naturlandschaften, Berliner Volksbank and others. Her work has been distinguished with the International Corporate Design Prize and Rebrand. At Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, she has been teaching the fundamentals of design, corporate design and editorial design since 2009. Email:

Jörg Nabert, born in Gifhorn in 1960, studied law in Göttingen and Bonn. Since 1988, he has been a lawyer focusing on Media and Press Law. As a partner specializing in Press, Copyright and Publishing Law at the Hamburg firm of Senfft, Kersten Nabert, van Endenburg, he advises agencies, authors, publishing houses, designers, film and TV production companies, photo agencies, photographers, press agencies, theatres, advertising agencies and newspaper publishers. Moreover, he gives presentations and publishes contributions in both specialist and public magazines. Jörg Nabert leads the seminar in Media Law.

Michael T_klProf. Michael Trippel, born in Friedrichshafen in 1964, studied photography at Dortmund’s technical college from 1985 to 1991. Since then, he has worked both freelance and for national and international publications, producing reportages and portraits. From 1999 until 2009, he was a member of the Ostkreuz photographers’ agency; he became director of the agency in 2006. From 2008 to 2013, he was in-house photographer for the magazine STERN. Along with his work in journalism, he also photographs for companies, associations and organizations. After holding teaching positions in Berlin, Magdeburg and Potsdam, he has been teaching in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program since 2013. Michael Trippel teaches Portrait Photography, short-term photodocumentation and Photography for Newspapers and Magazines. Email:

Raimund Zakowski, born in Allenstein in 1963, studied Free Art with a concentration on Photography under Prof. Heinrich Riebesehl at the technical college FH Hannover. After occupying various teaching positions at the FH Hannover, he has been an artistic associate here since 2002. He offers seminars in Documentary Photography and Digital Photography. Email:


Andreas_klAndreas Werda was born in Berlin. After he finished high school, he took on various freelance jobs at the Theater Bremen. Following vocational training as a photographer, he worked as a freelance assistant for various photographers and was a freelancer himself. Since 1990, Andreas Werda has worked as a technician at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His areas of specialization are phototechnology, studio and laboratory work. Email:

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