photo: Lea Szramek

We are DOCKS, a collective of five documentary photographers founded in 2018. Since then, we have been working both as individual authors and on collective projects. We act upon a shared open-mindedness, honesty and sensitivity.

For us, collaborative work is a method that allows us to suspend and question the classic egocentric perspective of documentary photography. 
based in Germany - Dortmund / Hamburg / Leipzig
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Fabian Ritter (1992) grew up between a franconian small town, Austrian mountain scape and german „no-go areas“. Shaped by insights on different cultures and ways of life, he is interested in social phenomena and tensions of society. Today, he focuses on those topics with artistic and documentary approaches.

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Arne Piepke (1991) comes from a small village surrounded by hills and trees. He questions how people find their identity and how they are influenced by their community and history. With his photo essays he wants to provide an alternative and surprising view, to contribute to a deeper examination and thus to a better mutual understanding.

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Ingmar Björn Nolting (1995) lives and works as a freelance portrait and documentary photographer in Leipzig, Germany. In his large-scale documentary projects he deals with issues of social, geographical and geopolitical isolation.

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Maximilian Mann (1992) holds a BA in photography from the ‘University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund’. Max is a documentary and portrait photographer who focuses on stories about society, social and ecological changes.

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Aliona Kardash (1990) grew up in Siberia, where she graduated in Journalism at the Tomsk State University. Working as a photojournalist and as a teacher for photojournalism has strongly influenced her current work.
She deals with cultural and national identity, people’s connection to their past, relations in the society and common grounds.

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