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March 2020

As a collective we would like to support institutions in their work in times of COVID-19.  Therefore we are starting a print sale from which the proceeds will be donated to Caritas international .

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February 2020

Max is nominated for the World Press Photo Award 2020 in the category environment with his work "Fading Flamingos".
In his photo-essay he deals with the desertification of Lake Urmia in Iran.
February 2020

In September last year four of us went to Ulaanbaatar to work on individual photo-essays that question existing stereotypes about the Mongolian capital. Our new limited publication УЛААНБААТАР shows photo-essays whose structure and interplay tell of increasing western influences, the gap between rich and poor, the rural exodus, the construction boom and the related urbanization of Ulaanbaatar.

Introduction text by Bolorma Boldbaatar.
Thank you to Dirk Gebhardt,
Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture and Goethe-Institute Mongolia

January 2020

The photo-essays „Fading Flamingos“ (Max) and „Somaliland“ (Ingmar) are among the winners of Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award. Max project is also awarded with the cash prize.
Both projects are going to be exhibited in the Aperture Gallery in New York.
December 2019

Ingmar’s new photo-essay "Somaliland" was awarded with the BFF Förderpreis. He is going to continue his work in January.
November 2019

Aliona’s work “Babushka” is featured on the in-Sight blog of Washington Post.

November 2019

Fabi and Max are part of the exhibition “Heimwärts - Wandering Home” at the university of applied sciences in Darmstadt.
November 2019

Max’s photo-essay “Fading Flamingos” is featured on NPR.

October 2019

Max was awarded with a silver medal in the documentary category by CPOY -   College Photographer of the year
October 2019

Ingmars’s photo-essay “Behind Facades” has been published as a photo-tableau in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Texts by Kathrin Klette.
October 2019

Max won the Felix Schoeller Photo Award in the category “best work by an emerging photographer” with his photo-essay “Fading Flamingos”.
October 2019

Ingmar received an honorable mention by Otto-Steinert- Prize of DGPh with his ongoing photo-essay Somaliland.  
October 2019

We are very happy to announce our new member Aliona Kardash. 

Have a look at her project Babushka.

She is currently working on her long-term project about Russian-Germans, the second largest national minority in Germany.

We are looking forward to work on collective projects as a new team! 

Photo: Max Slobodda
October 2019
Arne was invited to the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi/Italy to do two presentations of his work.
He won the World Report Award in the student category with his work “Glaube, Sitte, Heimat”.

September 2019

We did a 5-day workshop about visual storytelling at the State University in Ulaanbaatar/Monoglia for the new opened photography class.
September 2019

With his new photo-essay “Somaliland”, Ingmar got shortlisted for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award 2019 by Burn Magazine.

August 2019

Arne’s photo-essay “Glaube, Sitte, Heimat” (Faith, Custom, Home) has been published as a photo-tableau in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Texts by Angela Schader. 
July 2019

Max is among the finalists for the W. Eugene Smith Student Grant with his work Fading Flamingos. 
July 2019

Ingmar participated in a panel discussion in Barlingen in connection with the World Press Photo Contest. They discussed about what content medias are allowed to and what they need to show.  

Beside that the Göttiner Tageblatt published an article about his photo-essay Behind Facades. 

July 2019

On 14th of July our exhibition “encounters” came to an end after being displayed for three weeks at Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund.
Thank you everyone who came to our finissage.
Thank you Aliona Kardash for the photos.

July 2019

Arne won the Student Award of World.Report Award with his work "Glaube, Sitte, Heimat". His work will be exhibited at Festival della Fotografia Etica.

Beside that the work got published by the slow journalism magazine “tortoise”.

July 2019

Max was nominated for the 'Voies Off' award. His work "Fading Flamingos" was part of the screenings during the festival in Arles.
June 2019

Our exhibition “encounters” at Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund from 21.06.2019 - 14.07.2019. 

How do we face the world? What connects us with our fellow human beings? How do we deal with them?

In our exhibition "encounters" we show personal narratives that document social as well as ecological conditions and developments. For our long-term projects, we spent time on the margins of society, travelled to areas threatened by climate change, and devoted to the traditions of the province. With our photographic essays, we focus on the human being and ask how they live current times, influenced by their environment and history.
June 2019

Arne’s long-term photo-essay “Glaube, Sitte, Heimat” (Faith, Custom, Home) has been published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche” magazine. 
June 2019

An article about us and our exhibition in the current issue of PHOTONEWS.  
May 2019

Arne’s photo-essay „Abkhazia“ was shortlisted for Kolga Award in the reportage category. The work is displayed at Baratashvili Bridge in Tbilisi for one year.
Picture’s from Max’s project „Fading Flamingos“ were shortlisted for the best shot.

May 2019

Fabian‘s and Max’s longterm projects were shown in an outdoor exhibition in Amman, Jordan.
Thank you to Goethe-Institut for organising the exhibition.

May 2019

Max’s photo-essay „Fading Flamingos" won the third prize at BFF Förderpreis.
His work is currently on display at the Umweltfotofestival „Horizonte Zingst“ and featured in the catalogue. 
May 2019

Ingmar’s photo-essay “Behind Facades” got published in STERN on 8 pages.  The text was written by Josef Saller and Ingmar got supported by Emerge - Magazine for young Photojournalism. 

April 2019

Arne gave a presentation about his work “Glaube, Sitte, Heimat” at the marksmen’s hall in Brunskappel. He invited different Clubs, which he had photographed over the years and talked about his workflow, his motivation and how his attituted and photographes developed throught the project. 
photos by Anna Roters
April 2019

Ingmar received a honorable mention for the PH Museum Grant with his photo-essay Behind Facades.

“My photo-essay deals with the everyday lives, environments and emotional worlds of people who currently live in the residential complex. I built personal relationships with drug addicts, welfare recipients, refugees as well as students and poverty-stricken old age pensioners for the last 2,5 years to understand what makes their life in this formerly prestigious building. Therefore I moved into the housing block myself for the last five months. With my long-term project I want to tell about realities of life that do not only exist in the “deprived areas” of larger cities but also right in the middle of smaller wealthy German towns. “
April 2019

Arne and Max were selected for the New York Portfolio reviews and presented their works at the Bronx Documentary Center.
December 2018

Max is currently working on a new photo-essay with which he was awarded for the BFF Förderpreis.

December 2018

Ingmar won the Emerge Visual Journalism Grant with his long-term photo-essay "Behind Facades".

November 2018

Fabian, Ingmar and Arne are shortlisted for the Vonovia Photography Award. 
October 2018

Arne is among the finalists of W. Eugene Smith Student Grant with his work “Glaube, Sitte, Heimat”.

October 2018 

Arne got interviewed by PDN about his photographic approach for the PDNedu Fall issue.

“ ‘Because documentary photography is so fragmentary,’ Piepke says, ‘I believe the right context and honesty of the photographer is very important.’ One way Piepke remains honest is by revealing his presence in the images. ‘Being honest with the protagonist, the viewer and the medium itself’ brings humanistic values to the work, he says.”

September 2018
Fabian is among the winners of Germany Youth Photoprize with his work Safetyzone II. 
The work documents the side stages of the OSCE and G20 political summits in Hamburg. Fabian wants to invite the viewer to an alternative reflection of the events.
September 2018

We organised a screening at Fontaine de Perpignan during Visa pour l'image. Thanks to everyone who came around.
Special thanks to Christoph Bangert and Fotobus Society!

August 2018
Ingmar is among the finalists of Lugano PhotoDays Emerging Photographers with his work “Behind Facades”. 

July 2018

Loupe Magazine interviewed Arne and Ingmar about their collaborative work. 
“I think that working together requires trust and honesty. You totally rely on each other. There’s more to it than simply having a similar photographic approach. Being friends and working together at the same time shaped us a lot. When you share the same vision of a project it can even strengthen a body of work.”
July 2018

Pankisi got feautred on HUCK Magazine. Tim and Max were also interviewed an talked about their photographic apprach as well as how they experienced the valley in Georgia. 
Despite a widespread distrust of journalists in the Pankisi region, the photographers say that most bad experiences had occurred because journalists had typically stayed for a very short time. “With a deep interest in people and enough time, trust develops on both sides. That was very important to us,” they say. - HUCK
July 2018

Some impressions of the opening week of Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles. We hang 35 DOCKS-Posters all around the beautiful city center, prepared a guerilla exhibition as well as a screening at Place Voltaire.
July 2018

Remains of a Soviet Utopia by Ingmar and Arne has been published on Spiegel Online
June 2018
In the framework program to the World Press photo exhibition at Depot Dortmund, Ingmar joind a conversation about photography and society and presented DOCKS’18.

Max and Ingmar also presented our newspaper at the “Editorial Lab #2” at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund. 

June 2018

The work Remains of a Soviet Utopia got featured on Huck Magazine. Arne and Ingmar were interviewed about their photographic approach, the teamwork and their attitude and values in photography.

“Motivating each other and constantly reflecting on the work is one of the main advantages of working in a team. Our criticism is very honest. As friends working together at the same time, it shaped us a lot. When you share the same vision of a project, it can strengthen a body of work.”
June 2018 

We were invited to take part in a discussion about the importance of collectives at Lumix Photofestival Hannover.
Tim and Arne were on stage with Christoph Bangert and photographers from MINT Collective, Kollektiv 25 and Goethe Exil.
May 2018 

Fabian got shortlisted for Kolga Photo Award 2018 with his work Tamera.
His photos were included in the exhibition of the opening ceremony in Tbilisi as well as in the festival catalogue. 
April 2018

Arne is among the winners of PDN Emerging Photographers and got featured in the Spring 2018 issue with his work “Faith, Custom, Home”.
March 2018 

Arne won the PDNedu Student Contest in the category “Documentary/Photojournalism” with his work Abkhazia.

January 2018
The work Pankisi by Tim and Max got featured by 

The Pankisi Valley is usually a quiet place in northern Georgia. However the calm facade of the beautiful landscape would not make anyone think that the small region near the Chechen border was internationally known as “The Valley of Terror”.
December 2017

Fabian’s soloexhibition of his work Safteyzone II at the gallery Rekorder II in Dortmund on 16th December 2017.
He shows a different, subject view on the G20 and OSZE summits in Hamburg. 

November 2017

Arne and Ingmar won the
Vonovia Newcomer Award
with their photo-essay Remains of a Soviet Utopia

November 2017

Arne got nominated for the Photogrvphy Grant in the category “Journalism” and shortlisted for the “Emerging Scholarship” by LUCIE Foundation.

His work Abkhazia documents the present condition in a barely recognised state, while focussing on the younger generation. 

September 2017


Maximilian, Tim, Arne and Ingmar were shortlisted for Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Best emerging Photographer.

May 2017

Max, Tim, Arne and Ingmar were nominated for the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Newcomer Award. Their works TransnistriaPankisi and Remains of a Soviet Utopia got featured in the exhibition and in the catalogue. 
Pankisi and Remains of a Soviet Utopia were also among the three finalist for the Newcomer Award. 

18th of May 2018

DOCKS Collective Release Party

With our newspaper “DOCKS’18” designed by Simon Schulz and financed by Nikon Germany.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at our release-party in Rekorder II, Dortmund.

© DOCKS Collective, 2018