Professors and staff

Karen 2_klDr. Karen Fromm
Professor of photography
Head of International Class

Prof. Dr. Karen Fromm, born in Hamburg in 1968, studied Art History, Literature and Culture Management in Hamburg and Berlin. She graduated from Berlin’s Humboldt University with a dissertation on ‘The Picture as Witness: Staging the Documentary Aspects of Artistic Photography since 1980’. From 1995 until 1997, Karen Fromm managed the Galerie Pfefferberg in Berlin. In 1999, she took on the leadership of the Department of Exhibitions, CSR and Corporate Design at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the management of the FOCUS photography and press agency. Since 2010, she has been the Senior Chairwoman of the Friends of the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. In 2011, Karen Fromm has been teaching at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts, giving seminars on the Language of Images, the Photographer as Entrepreneur, Portfolio, the Documentary Aspects of Photography, Curating and Photo Book.

Lecturers in the Program

Lars_klLars Bauernschmitt
Professor of Photography

Prof. Lars Bauernschnitt, born in Hamburg in 1963, studied communications design with a focus on photography and editorial design at the Universität Gesamthochschule Essen (formerly the Folkwang Schule) from 1985 until 1992. From 1993 to 2008, he was managing director of the VISUM photo agency. Alongside this, he was a member of the board of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (BVPA) from 2001 until 2010 and became chairman of the same board in 2003. Since 2008, he has been a professor at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and has acted as spokesman for the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program since 2011 as well as being dean of the Department of Design and Media from 2013 until 2015. Lars Bauernschnitt teaches short-term reporting, photobooks, the language of images and editorial photography.

Christian_klChristian O. Bruch, born in Kusel in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1967, has been a photographer since 1991. His areas of concentration are now photo reporting and journalistic portraiture. Christian Bruch works for national and international editorial offices, publishing houses and advertising agencies as well as for companies and associations. Moreover, he has been active as a speaker and workshop leader. At the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he has been teaching the seminars Portrait Photography and Celebrities on Location since 2011.

Michael Ebert, born in Wuppertal in 1959, has been working as a photojournalist for newspapers, magazines, companies and associations since 1978. Along with Prof. Dr. Renatus Schenkel, he leads the program in Picture Journalism at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Magdeburg. From 1990 until 1996, he was responsible for photography in the central communications area of Deutsche Telekom AG. He has also curated many photography exhibitions over the past years. Michael Ebert is a member of the board of directors of the German Photography Society (DGPh) and also a member of various juries and committees. Michael Ebert teaches Photo History, The History of Photojournalism and short-term photodocumentation.

FischmannLutz_Studio_vonLachner_02 KopieLutz Fischmann, born in Osnabrück in 1956, has been managing director of the FREELENS photography association since 2001. Alongside this, he is active as a speaker and specialist author. For the past 14 years, he has been working as a lecturer at various post-secondary institutions. Among other things, he is the publisher of the FREELENS magazine and is a member of several juries. Before he became managing director of FREELENS, Lutz Fischmann worked internationally as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines such as Spiegel, Die Zeit, Newsweek and others. Lutz Fischmann leads the seminar The Photographer as Entrepreneur.

Knut Volkmar Giebel
Photography teacher

Knut Giebel, born in Halberstadt in 1953, studied photography from 1971 until 1973. After managing a studio for two years, he studied at the Gesamthochschule Kassel from 1974 to 1983 as well as at the Free University led by Joseph Beuys. Since 1988, he has been a specialist teacher for Artistic Design at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Among other subjects, Knut Giebel teaches Experimental Photography, Portrait Photography, Staged Photography and Studio Practice.

portrait hauri copyright norbert müllerMichael Hauri was born in 1983 and studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Hannover, after which he worked as a photographer for various German newspapers and magazines. Since 2009, he has been operator and creative director of the 2470media agency in Berlin. Furthermore, Michael Hauri is a lecturer in the subject of Multimedia Storytelling.  He has been awarded several prizes for his work as author and producer, including the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists, the Grimme Online Award and the World Press Photo Award. At the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he offers seminars on short-term reporting and online reporting.,

KrimmerHeinz_Studio_vonLachner_klHeinz Krimmer, born in Würzburg in 1960, studied Journalism, History, German Studies and Politics in Berlin. As an author, he writes for the magazine Mare, among others, about marine topics; he also produces nature-related apps for the Jahr and Kosmos publishing houses. As a photographer, he has worked for newspapers and magazines both at home and abroad. Heinz Krimmer is a co-owner of Berlin’s Voller Ernst photo agency. Moreover, he has he has conceptualized solutions for archiving images for the company Diasystems GmbH. Along with Ernst Volland, he has published several photo books and organizes exhibitions showing the work of Yevgeny Khaldei. Heinz Krimmer leads the seminar on Archiving.,,

Jörg Nabert, born in Gifhorn in 1960, studied law in Göttingen and Bonn. Since 1988, he has been a lawyer focusing on Media and Press Law. As a partner specializing in Press, Copyright and Publishing Law at the Hamburg firm of Senfft, Kersten Nabert, van Endenburg, he advises agencies, authors, publishing houses, designers, film and TV production companies, photo agencies, photographers, press agencies, theatres, advertising agencies and newspaper publishers. Moreover, he gives presentations and publishes contributions in both specialist and public magazines. Jörg Nabert leads the seminar in Media Law.

Stefanie Pannier, born in Remscheid in 1976, studied social education and education with a focus on media pedagogy at the technical college FH Bielefeld and Bielefeld University. She graduated with a dissertation on the topic ‘Images Leave their Mark. An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Influences on the Production of Visual War and Crisis Communication’. Since 2011, Ms. Pannier has been a research associate at the FH in Bielefeld. What’s more, she runs the agency known as synpannier. Gestaltung und Wissenschaftskommunikation. Ms. Pannier is a lecturer in Media Ethics.

SojaErnstUlrich_Studio_vonLachner_klErnst Ulrich Soja was born in 1966 and completed a program in photography. He then started working for various companies, including Braunschweig’s Rollei Fototechnik, with a specialization in operating professional camera and digital systems. Since 2002, he has been both a lecturer at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and taken on freelance teaching work at the MM-BBS in the areas of Digital Photography, Colour Management and Image Processing as well as Camera and Lighting Techniques. Ernst Ulrich Soja teaches the seminars in Theoretical Foundations of Digital Photography and Image Processing.

Michael T_klMichael Trippel
Professor of photography

Prof. Michael Trippel, born in Friedrichshafen in 1964, studied photography at Dortmund’s technical college from 1985 to 1991. Since then, he has worked both freelance and for national and international publications, producing reportages and portraits. From 1999 until 2009, he was a member of the Ostkreuz photographers’ agency; he became director of the agency in 2006. From 2008 to 2013, he was in-house photographer for the magazine STERN. Along with his work in journalism, he also photographs for companies, associations and organizations. After holding teaching positions in Berlin, Magdeburg and Potsdam, he has been teaching in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program since 2013. Michael Trippel teaches Portrait Photography, short-term photodocumentation and Photography for Newspapers and Magazines.

Raimund Zakowski
Assistant Professor

Raimund Zakowski, born in Allenstein in 1963, studied Free Art with a concentration on Photography under Prof. Heinrich Riebesehl at the technical college FH Hannover. After occupying various teaching positions at the FH Hannover, he has been an artistic associate here since 2002. He offers seminars in Documentary Photography and Digital Photography.


Artur_klArtur Baussmerth
Laboratory assistant

Artur Baussmerth, born in Hannover in 1955, studied Graphic Design at the FH technical college in Hannover. After graduating, he continued his studies there with Visual Communication in 1983. He worked as a freelance photographer until 1986. From 1984 until 1994, he participated in a number of one-man and group exhibitions. Artur Baussmerth has been the technician for the photography workshops in Faculty III at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 1986.

Sophia_klSophia Greiff
Research Assistant

Sophia Greiff, born in Berlin in 1982, studied Cultural Studies at Europe-University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder and Art and Culture Education at Bremen University. From 2011 until 2013 she was a scholar of the program „Museum Curators for Photography“ by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and worked on exhibitions and publications at Münchner Stadtmuseum, Museum Folkwang Essen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Sophia Greiff is one of the organizers of the Fotodoks Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography in Munich and active as an author on the topic of photography. Since 2016 she has been working as a research assistant in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program and writing her dissertation, among other things.

Andreas_klAndreas Werda
Laboratory assistant

Andreas Werda was born in Berlin. After he finished high school, he took on various freelance jobs at the Theater Bremen. Following vocational training as a photographer, he worked as a freelance assistant for various photographers and was a freelancer himself. Since 1990, Andreas Werda has worked as a technician at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His areas of specialization are phototechnology, studio and laboratory work.

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