Christoph Soeder is a German-French portrait photographer and photojournalist. Christoph often uses the portrait in typological formats to depict the individual in disparity of their community. Several of his projects focus on health related topics.

Christoph studied photography at the University of South Wales, Newport, where he graduated with a first class honours degree from the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography course in 2015. Before that, he had also studied for one year at the Berlin Ostkreuz School of Photography.

In 2010 Christoph started working as a news photographer and photojournalist, first as intern with The Philippine Star Newspaper in the Philippines and then in Germany as a freelance photographer with  dapd Nachrichtenagentur. In 2012 he obtained the 2nd award Close Up! - Young photojournalists at the 62nd Berlinale and showed his work at C/O Berlin.

In parallel to his practice as a photojournalist, Christoph developed a focus on documentary portrait photography. In 2013/14 his book Clear-Cut was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award and exhibited at the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam as well as in Tokyo. Clear-Cut has been self-published in a limited edition of 35 hand-made copies. In 2014 Christoph took part in the Open for Business exhibition in Newport/Wales presented by Magnum Photos and Multistory and showcased his work alongside Magnum photographers such as Martin Parr and Alessandra Sanguinetti.

His series Unfading about women affected by alopecia was published by CNN photos and featured on billboards around the UK and on Time LightBox. Forgetting Forgetfulness explores the impact of music on people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and was published by SPIEGEL ONLINE. Christoph’s latest independent project has been photographed in cooperation with his colleague Christophe Gateau and shows people behind their windows using a drone during the corona pandemic. Christoph was chosen with two pictures at dpa Pictures of the Year 2019. At dpa Pictures of the Year 2020 he won the 2nd place in the category Arts & Entertainment and the 3rd Place in the category Story.

Christoph is based as a freelancer in Berlin and works alongside other clients for dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur, where recent assignments included the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow or the Winter Paralympics in Beijing.

 

 

Clients include

 

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Associated Press

Greenpeace

Spiegel Online

Zeit Online

Zeitverlag

CNN

BBC Music Magazine

Warner Music Group

Sony Music Entertainment

Weißer Ring

Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen

Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI)

C/O Berlin

Audi

Ty Hafan

 

Features

Interview «digit!» magazine (2022)

dpa Pictures of the Year 2020 (2021)

Rückblende 2020 (2021)

Nationale Demenzstrategie (2020)

dpa-Bilder des Jahres 2019 (2020)

BBC Music Magazine - Iván Fischer (2019)

Spiegel Online (dpa) - Spargelfahrt ins Dämmerlicht (2019)

Libération (dpa) - Ursula von der Leyen (2019)

Focus Magazin (dpa) – ‘Fridays for Future’ in German Bundestag (2019)

Portrait of Britain - Clear-Cut (2018)

Cassius Life -  Clear-Cut (2018)

Spiegel Online - Forgetting Forgetfulness (2018)

Tonic Magazin - Forgetting Forgetfulness (2018)

Spiegel Online - Unfading (2017)

Tonic Magazin (2017)

Bird in Flight - Unfading (2017)

TIME LightBox, Portrait of Britain - Unfading (2016)

Photograd - Clear-Cut (2016)

CNN Photos - Unfading (2016)

Life Framer Edition II Annual - Clear-Cut (2016)

GUP Magazine - Unfading (2016)

M&C Saatchi Little Stories - Clear-Cut (2015)

Life Framer Edition - Frame of Mind (2015)

A Fine Beginning - Frame of Mind (2015)

Gwead -Frame of Mind (2015)

Zeit Online Moment mal – 2014 in Bildern - In the Here and Now (2014)

Wonderzine - Clear-Cut - Clear-Cut (2014)

Darwine Magazine - Clear-Cut (2014)

Accent Magazine - Clear-Cut (2014)

Fotoroom - Clear-Cut (2014)

Zeit Online - In the Here and Now (2014)

Selpublish Be Happy - Clear-Cut (2014)

Emerge Magazine - In the Here and Now (2014)

Spiegel Online - Transsexualität in der Ehe (2014)

A Fine Beginning - Clear-Cut (2014)

Zeit Online - Strahlend helle Momente (2nd award "Close Up!" - Young photojournalists at the 62nd Berlinale 2012)

 

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Exhibitions

Part of Rückblende 2020 (2021)

Part of Portrait Britain - Clear-Cut (2018)

Part of  FO YOU -  Voluntary Art Liason, Berlin - Freak In A Dress (2018)

Part of Photography on a Postcard, London - Clear-Cut (2017)

Part of  FO YOU -  Voluntary Art Liason, Berlin - Frame of Mind (2017)

SEQUENCES Photography Festival, Rumania - Unfading (2017)

Portrait of Britain exhibition on electronics billboards around the UK - Unfading (2016)

Keep Your Eyes Peeled, aff Galerie, Berlin - Unfading (2016)

Newport Now – Art in the City, Newport Museum - Freak In A Dress (2016)

Part of Life Framer Los Angeles, Think Tank Gallery - Clear-Cut (2016)

Graduation Show, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff - Unfading (2015)

Part of Open For Business by Magnum Photos and Multistory, Newport Wales

The Indepedent AIR, Silkeborg, Denmark - Clear-Cut (2014)

Part of A Fine Beginning: Made in Wales, Arcade Cardiff and Oriel Colwyn Gallery - Clear-Cut (2013)

Group show in Tokyo with photobookshow - Clear-Cut Book (2013)

Unseen Amsterdam, Clear-Cut Book shortlisted and exhibited at the Unseen Dummy Award   (2013)

 

Education

BA (Hons) Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales (Newport), First Class Degree (2012-2015)

Workshop with Anastasia Taylor-Lind "Beginning a Successful Career in Documentary Photography" London (2014)

The Indepedent AIR residency with Jens Olof Lasthein, David Barnes, Adam Jeppesen, Denmark (2014)

Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin (2011-2012)

Internship (3 months) with the Philippine Star (daily newspaper) in Manila/Philippines. Assignments and published photographs in the lifestyle, sports and news section. (2010)