Carla Kogelman

The Netherlands

She won 1st Prize at the Zilveren Camera 2011 with a series of portraits of actors back stage.
 She won the SO (Selection Of Dutch photography) Awards 2013, the national photography portfolio contest.

With her series ICH BIN WALDVIERTEL she won first prize Observed Stories at World Press Photo 2014, the Cortona on the Move 2014 Happiness Award, the PF Portfolio and the winner of the Alfred Fried Award. She won in total six prizes at the Zilveren Camera and the 2nd prize at the Paul Peters photo Prize.

In her work she captures the daily life of people, especially children. Being around the same people for a long time, she becomes invisible. 
This gives her the opportunity to get a good insight into the lives of her subjects and reach the real story behind what is observed superficially.

Another fascination is the back stage life of theatre, film and sport.

In 2012, she was commissioned by Szene Bunte Wähne, a youth theater festival in Austria, to make a documentary about the rural Waldviertel region. The region is situated between Vienna and Czech Republic. Carla studied the daily life of Hanna and Alena, two children in a farmer's family in a small organic herbal village. She continued the series in the following summers and is still working on the series.

Most fascinating to her is how the children in different circumstances interact with each other, how their bodies communicate, and how the relationships emerge and evolve.

Alongside she gives lectures, masterclasses and workshops to various audiences about personal photography.

Carla Kogelman