Mareike Günsche


Using photography to create visibility for people, who's voices are not heard is my motivation. Empowerment through imagery is my way. The combination of my work experience as a political press photographer, my studies of Communications-Design as well as my recently gained Masters of Humanitarian Work and International Relations equipped me with an excellent visual understanding.


I combine creativity and organizational skills. Through managing different projects, public relations and a huge variety of publications, I have extensive knowledge about planning, implementing and assessing projects.


By using a participatory method I am sharing photography as a tool of storytelling to change perspectives. My aim is to portray people through their strength and use positive imagery as a way of empowerment.


Clients and partners


Master, Network of Humanitarian Action (NOHA),

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL and University College Dublin, IRE

(Sept. 2014 -  Dec. 2015)

Diploma, Communications-Design,

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and

University of Applied Sciences Hamburg

(Sept. 2004 - Dec. 2009)

Ostkreuzschule Berlin,

one year course about Portrait Photography

(Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2007)

Traineeship as press photographer, press agency Meldepress Berlin,

focus on political news photography

(Jan. 2000 - Dez. 2002)


Award and scholarships

  • "You are my sister - A transgender woman in Mongolia", awarded as one project being shown in the book and exhibition   "The Other Hundred" (2013)
  • Winner of the Canon Photography Award for Young Photographers (2009)
  • One of ten financial scholarship recipients of the University of Applied Sciences and Art, Hamburg (2007-2009)
  • Financial scholarship recipient of the Hans-Böckler foundation (2005-2009)

Main exhibitions and projects

“Positive stories”, Shutter Hub Exhibition at Festival Pil’Ours, France

(July 2019)

“Positive stories”, Group exhibition at the Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival, London, UK

(June 2019)

"Mongolian scripts", Exhibition about paper restoration project in Mongolia to protect cultural heritage

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL

(February 2015)

"Shonkhoodoi" Exhibition about a circus school for underprivileged children, supported by the German Embassy

in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

(November 2014)

"Our Voice" Campaign to break the silence about domestic violence in Mongolia, Mobile Exhibition

(November 2013)

"Past-Identity-Future" ArtHouse Ulaanbaatar, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Mongolia

(October 2013)

"Beyond the blue sky",  International Queer Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany

(October 2012)

"City Nomads",  Town Hall Ulaanbaatar, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Mongolia

(November 2011)

"Ger versus skyscraper",  Mongolian Technical University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

(June 2011)

"The last of their kind",  Gallery Schuster, Berlin, Germany

(September 2010)

"Women of Mongolia",  Xanadu Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

(August 2010)

"The Second Great LGBTQ Photo Show",  Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York, USA

(June 2010)

"Photokina Köln",  Photography Fair, Cologne, Germany

(September 2010)

"Beyond the blue sky",  The Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York, USA

(January 2010)

"Generation I",  Gallery MüllerMeyerSchulze, Hamburg, Germany

(October 2009)

"Beyond the blue sky",  National Gallery of Modern Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

(July 2009)

"Dragkings",  among others shown at the Gay Museum Berlin and "Fenster 61", Berlin, Germany

(July 2008)

"Your own view",  Cultural Palace Warsaw, Poland, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany

(January 2005 - 2006)