Claudia Heinermann PHOTOGRAPHY









Claudia Heinermann (born 1967 in Iserlohn/DE) studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede from 1986 to 1991. She started out working in mixed media with photography at its core. Over time she became more interested in documentary photography and went on to study at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam from 2004 to 2006. Ever since she is engaged in long-term observational documentary projects with an emphasis on 20th century historical topics and the consequences of war and genocide. Characteristic for her work are controversial issues that she captures in unique ways.

Heinermann recently self published her new photo book `Wolfskinder A Post-War Story`.



1986 – 1991 AKI (Academy for Fine Arts, Enschede)

2004 – 2006 Photo Academy Amsterdam

Awards and Grants

  • Shortlisted for the Zilveren Camera, category Documentary International, `Siberian Exiles`
  • 2018 Fonds Bijzondere Journaliestieke Projecten, `Siberian Exiles`
  • 2018 Mondriaan Fonds, Werkbeurs Bewezen Talent
  • 2017 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, First prize category self-published,  ‘Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story’
  • 2016 Shortlisted for the  Prix du Livre Arles 2016 with the book Wolfskinder A Post-War Story
  • 2016 Selected for the Best Photobooks Kassel 2016 with the book Wolfskinder A Post-War Story
  • 2015 Nomination for 15 Best Dutch Photobooks, Volkskrant with the book Wolfskinder A Post-War Story
  • 2015 Invitation for the Tbilisi Photofestival
  • 2014 Kaunas Photography Gallery Art Residency
  • 2014 Invitation of the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda and the Genocide Memorial Kigali Rwanda, Aegis Trust  to work on an  Interactive Map of Genocide sites and reconciliation process
  • 2013 Nomination for the Dutch Doc Award 2013 (best documentary photo projects), with the photo book Enduring Srebrenica


  • 2017 Collection Museum Potocari BiH, permanent exhibition, selection of ‘Enduring Srebrenica’

  • 2016 Collection Ostpreussisches Landesmuseum Lüneburg D, selection of ‘Wolfskinder’

  • 2013 Collection Europahaus Berlin , Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung, photo series  ‘Wolf children’
  • 2011 Collection UMC ST Radboud University Nijmegen, photo series ‘Military Hospital’
  • 2009 Liberty Park, War Museum Overloon, permanent outdoor exhibition of ‘Spuren/Traces’ in the park of the Museum



  • 2015 Wolfskinder A Post-War Story, self published Photo book
  • 2015 Post-War Stories, cataloge Kaunas Photo Gallery, Lt
  • 2012 Enduring Srebrenica, self published Photo book
  • 2012 Wir sind die Wolfskinder, Piper Verlag, author  Sonya Winterberg, photography Claudia Heinermann
  • 2009 Military Hospital, self published Photo book
  • 2009 Spuren/ Traces, self published Photo book


  • 2015 Volkskrant, 4 page article about the project `Siberian Exiles`
  • 2016 PF Magazine, 3 page article about the book Wolfskinder A Post-War Story
  • 2016 Focus Magazine, 8 page article about  `Wolfskinder A Post-War Story`
  • 2015 Volkskrant, 4 page article about the project `Wolfskinder A Post-War Story`
  • 2013 Vrij Nederland, 10 page photo reportage (about a new mass grave in Bosnia&Hercegovina )
  • 2011 Rotary Magazine about the `Wolfskinder` in Lithuania
  • 2011 Portfolio in Fotografie (photo magazine)
  • 2010 Portfolio in Beeldexpress (photo magazine)
  • other publications in De Volkskrant, Checkpoint, Marachausse, Oplinie, Buitenleven,

    Exhibitions (selection)
  • 2018 Wolfskinder, Kulturzentrum Ostpreussen, Ellingen, D (solo)
  • 2018 Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story, Forum für Fotografie, Köln, D (solo)
  • 2017 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story, Stuttgart, D
  • 2017 Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story, Photo Festival Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad, RUS(solo)
  • 2017Genocide - the failure of the international community, Potocari, BiH, permanent exhibition

  • 2017 Wolfskinder, Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden,D (solo)
  • 2017 Wolfskinder, Ibbenbüren, Ibbenbüren,D (solo)

  • 2016 Wolfskinder A Post-War Story, BredaPhoto international photofestival Breda, NL
  • 2016 Secjam Se, Ik herinner me, Podium Mozaïek, Amsterdam NL (solo)
  • 2016 Wolfskinder, Rathaus, Crailsheim, D (solo)
  • 2016 Wolfskinder, Schloss Stetten, Künzelsau, D (solo)
  • 2016 Wolfskinder, Ostpreussisches Landesmuseum Lüneburg, D (solo)
  • 2015 Secjam Se, Ik herinner me, Felix Meritus, Nacht van de Rechtstaat , Amsterdam, NL
  • 2015 Wolfskinder, Nutshuis, Den Haag, NL (solo)
  • 2015 Post war stories (Wolfskinder), Photo Festival Tbilisi, Gerorgia
  • 2015 Enduring Srebrenica, NIOD, Amsterdam, NL (solo)
  • 2015 Secjam Se, Ik herinner me, Kriterion, Amsterdam, NL (solo)
  • 2015 Secjam Se, Ik herinner me, Humanity House, Den Haag NL (solo)
  • 2014 Post War Stories (Wolfskinder), Kaunas Photo Gallery, Kaunas LT
  • 2014 Enduring Srebrenica, Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught,

 National Memorial Camp Vught  Vught NL (solo)

  • 2013 Enduring Srebrenica, Kazerne Dossin,

 Museum about Holocaust and Human RightsMechelen BE (solo)

  • 2013 Heilig… ,DocuDenHaag 2013, NutshuisDen Haag NL
  • 2013 Groetjes van het Front, Festival de Basis (Peace of Utrecht)  Soesterberg NL
  • 2012 Enduring Srebrenica’, Museum and Memorial Camp Westerbork, Hooghalen NL (solo)
  • 2012 Radboud Universiteit & UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen NL
  • 2011 Radboud Universiteit & UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen NL(solo)
  • 2011 Garzweiler II, 38CC Gallery, Delft NL(solo)
  • 2009 Spuren/ Traces, permanent exhibition, Liberty Park, War Museum, Overloon NL (solo)


Between 1989 and 2006 I had many other mixed /media exhibitions in the Netherlands, Denmark Belgium and Iceland



Geboren: 1967 in Duitsland (Iserlohn)
1986-1991 AKI (Academie voor beeldende Kunst in Enschede)
2004-2006 Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2011 Projectsubsidie Sem Presser Archief (voor fotoproject Wolfskinder)
2011 V-fonds ( Bijdrage voor fotoboek over Srebrenica) 
2010 Projectsubsidie Van Bijleveltstichting
2009 Projectsubsidie Sem Presser Archief (voor fotoproject Enduring Srebrenica)
2009 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (bijdrage voor een fotoboek)
2001-2003 Productiesubsidie van Stoom, Den Haag
1995 Basisstipendium van het Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Voormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam
1994 Materiaalkosten-Subsidie van het Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam