Mareike is a freelance photographer and educator based in the U.K. and Germany. She started out as a press photographer in daily political news, and has also worked for the German government, as well as a variety of political media outlets, including Thomson Reuters and Gamma Agency.
She has lived and worked in a variety of countries, covering stories on humanitarian work and development. Her focus is on in-depth storytelling. Mareike considers photography to be a powerful tool, and uses participatory methods to break the one-dimensional perspective of documentary photography and to implement an inclusive approach. Her strong interest in feminism and gender equality led her to co-found RISE!, a network that supports female photographers.
Mareike studied photojournalism and documentary photography, supported by a scholarship from the Hans-Böckler foundation. She holds a diploma in Photography and two masters degrees: one in Humanitarian Assistance and the other in International Relations. Mareike constantly seeks ways to create space for new perspectives and unheard voices. Her work has won many awards and has been exhibited worldwide.