After being based for 24 years in Beijing, Katharina Hesse currently shares her time between Germany, Hongkong and China. Her work primarily focuses on China’s social concerns among them youth and urban culture, religion and North Korean refugees. Ms. Hesse has traveled on assignment to Indonesia, Mongolia, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea and the Philippines. Ms Hesse is fluent in Chinese, English, French and German. 

Ms. Hesse initially came to China as a scholarship student intending to research for a graduate degree in Chinese studies at Peking University. 

She began her work in Asia as an assistant for German television (ZDF). In 1994 she started working in Newsweek’s Beijing bureau as an apprentee and over the period of 8 years became a contributor participating in numerous cover projects. Her interest in photography evolved early during ther stay at Newsweek. 

After 2003 Hesse started her career as a freelance photographer represented by Getty images. Currently she is represented by Laif.  

Since 2014 she has been contributing to "everydayclimatechange"s instagram feed. 



Publications :  

Capital magazin, Courrier International, Der Spiegel, D della Repubblica, EYEmazing, FT Magazine, Financial Times, Zeit Magazin, Glamour (Germany), IO Donna, Die Zeit, Marie-Claire, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Le Monde 2, Manager Magazin (Germany) , Neon, Ode Pez, Reporters without borders, Stern, Time Asia, Vanity Fair (Italy & Germany) and Wired (Italy).  



Monographs :  

-"Human Negotiations", Katharina Hesse & Lara Day 

Three Shadows Publishing, 2011, China 



Contributions :  

"Culture Scapes China " 

Text : Dokumentarfotografie u. Fotojournalismus in China 

Photo essay : Momentaufnahmen  

Christoph Merian Verlag, 2010, Switzerland 



Exhibitions :  

2014 : 

-March 16-Aug. 18, 2014 : Invisible Migrations, Alice Austen House, NY, USA 

2013 :  

-Moving Walls 20, Open Society, NY, USA 

-DokFoto, Oslo, Norway 

2011 : "Human Negotiations", Three Shadows photography Art Centre, Beijing, China 


- "Arles in Beijing " (Caochangdi Photo spring), April 17-21, 2010, China 

-" LAND- country life in the urban age", Noorderlicht Fotofestival, Sept- Oct. 2010, The Netherlands 

-" One Step forward, two steps back", SKUK Gallery, Ljubljana, ( International Festival of Contemporary Arts), 2010, Slovenia 

-8th Art Festival, Aleppo, Oct.6-17, 2010, Syria 


-Noorderlicht Fotogalerie “Summer of Love”, July-August 2009 

-Chobi Mela V, Bangladesh 2009; 

-Noorderlicht Fotofestival; “Pursuit of Happiness”, September 2009, The Netherlands. 

2007: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography,2007; 

2006: Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia; 

2002: Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France 



NPPA 2003 : Portraits & personality 1st prize 

NPPA 2009: Portraits & personality 1st prize 


Corporate clients: 




Deutsche Bank 

Credit Suisse 

The Gap 

The Discovery Channel 

The History Channel 


North Face