Nanna Heitmann

Nanna Heitmann, Russia

“At first sight, with Reset I think of a complete new start, leaving old patterns, habits, feelings, structures behind."

Nanna Heitmann is a documentary photographer with German and Russian roots, currently based in Moscow, Russia. Her work deals with issues of physical, social and spiritual isolation,as well as the very nature of how people react to and interact with their environment.

In her 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project, Heitmann explores the ‘reset’ created by the collapse of the Soviet Union. The project examines the contrasts of Russia today, with a third of the country’s wealth in the hands of the 0.00008 percent of the population while 14.3 percent lives below the official poverty.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I’m looking forward to being guided, inspired and motivated by different professionals in forming a new, meaningful project, as well as getting to know the other photographers and see each other’s work growing,” said Heitmann.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“At first thought, with Reset, I think of a complete new start, leaving old patterns, habits, feelings, structures behind. It can be a political, physical, spiritual or social reset,” she said.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass