Henning Christoph


Henning Christoph (Grimma, Germany, 1944) emigrated to the United States with his family in 1950. In 1960, he sold his first news photo - a picture of a fight at a soccer game - to the Washington Daily News, which made the front page. He studied anthropology and journalism at the University of Maryland in Washington D.C.. After graduating in 1967, Henning Christoph returned to Germany to study photography with Prof. Otto Steinert at the Folkwangschule in Essen, before starting a freelance career as a photographer in Germany. Since 1969, Christoph has been working for international magazines such as Life, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Geo and Stern.

As anthroplogist, Henning Christoph is specialized in the history, art and culture of Africa, in particular magic, healing and voodoo rituals and practices. He published several photo stories, books and films about voodoo. In 2000, he founded the Soul of Africa Museum in Essen, Germany, which is dedicated to magic, healing and voodoo practices in Africa.