Katrin Koenning

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VIDEO: Katrin Koenning explains her fascination with the magical light in an alleyway in Melbourne.

VIDEO: Katrin Koenning explains her fascination with the magical light in an alleyway in Melbourne.

VIDEO: Katrin Koenning explains her fascination with the magical light in an alleyway in Melbourne.

German born Katrin Koenning is a documentary photographer living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Much of her work investigates and challenges the ordinary and everyday, but unlike many Katrin looks for inspiration in her own backyard.

Inspired by her "inexhaustible curiosity" Katrin seeks out humdrum of everyday living in order to tell her stories, often finding the quiet and unnoticed moments in the otherwise frenetic chaos of urban living.

Her work have been exhibited in Australia, America, Singapore, Malaysia, and the UK and has also been shown at festivals including, The Foto 8 Summer Show 2010; Voies Off Photo Festival in Arles, France; Gijon International Photojournalism Festival, Spain; FotoFreo, Fremantle, where she was invited to be part of the Magnum Workshops and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia.

Future exhibitions include "Near", her long-term project documenting her family, at the Reportage Festival, Sydney, 2010 and "Thirteen:Twenty Lacuna", at the FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK in March, 2011.

Katrin has won a number of awards including theTroika Editions FORMAT Exposure Prize; the Margaret Julia Cameron Award the APA Award for Best Documentary Photography and the Godfrey Rivers Medal for Outstanding Photographic Achievement.

From 2006-2008, she was the Picture Editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine (APJ), a non-profit publication dedicated to promoting the finest of international visual storytelling. She is also the editor of the upcoming "Silent Screams - Rights of the Child" issue of the APJ.

Katrin currently works for Amnesty International Australia and is represented by Obscura Photos.