Heike Frielingsdorf was born in Paderborn in 1970. After her studies, she worked as a teacher until 2000, moved to Cologne and switched to the film industry. Looking for more creative encounter and meaningfulness, she discovered her interest in photography in 2010, at the same time she took the step into self-employment. After various workshops and seminars and thus a constant development process, photography is no longer a hobby for her, but real passion and her everyday necessary means of expression.
I am very happy and grateful to have discovered Street Photography for myself. Self-determined and simply following the rhythm of the streets and life itself and not rigid concepts is absolutely meaningful to me and always very insightful.
I am fascinated by situations that seem to be secondary and yet create a very unique cosmos. Images that tell stories, that make people’s dreams, longings and concerns palpable and that often reflect life in all its absurdity.
Recognizing these fleeting moments, at the same time keeping an eye on formal aspects such as light and shadow, the arrangement of the perceivable shapes and colors, and then pressing the trigger at the right moment is always a real challenge and the greatest happiness if it succeeds.
I wish this genre – in particular in Germany – to be given the attention it deserves. Especially in times of huge floods of images, which are often characterized by (self-) staging and (self-) optimization, Street Photography seems to be a suitable means to counter this.
In the media / publications
2020 6Mois, french magazine of photojournalism No 19, image contribution in the section “Street Photography”
2020 Street Fairs, Her Side of Street by Women in Street, blogzine for women photographers
2019 Street Photographers for a new decade, blog post by Oliver Krumes
2019 Double it, Her Side of Street by Women in Street, blogzine for women photographers
2019 Street Photography in Deutschland, blog post by Martin U Waltz
2018 The Theatre of Real Life Vol. 11, book publication, Lichtblick School Cologne by Wolfgang Zurborn
2016 Menschenräume – Human Spaces, exhibition catalogue, Kunstverein 68elf
2020 FIAP Biennale, “Women Street Photographers Group Exhibition”, State Historical Museum, Chelyabinsk, Russia
2020 Head On Photo Festival, Online Group Exhibition „Double Trouble“
2020 Italian Street Photo Festival ISPF, Online Group Exhibition „By Phone“
2019 „The Annual Women Street Photographers Exhibition“, Group Exhibition, El Barrio´s Artspace PS109, New York
2019 Berlin Photo Week, Group Exhibition “40 Street Photos, 15 Photographers”, Lumix Stand, Berlin
2019 Brussels Street Photography Festival BSPF, Group Exhibition „The Women Street Photographers Traveling Exhibition”, Brussels
2019 Street Photography International SPi, Group Exhibition, Flickr HQ, San Francisco
2019 German Street Photography Festival, Group Exhibition „Mein Kiez“, Hamburg
2019 StreetFoto San Francisco, Group Exhibition „Two Way Street“, San Francisco
2019 International Photoszenefestival Cologne, Group Exhibition „Rhythmus der Stadt“, Cologne
2017 Kronenburger Kulturtage, Group Exhibition „Menschenräume – Human Spaces“, Kronenburg
2016 International Photoszenefestival Cologne, Group Exhibition „Menschenräume – Human Spaces“, Cologne
2020 Finalist, 2nd Online Portfolio Walk, DFA German Photographic Academy
2020 Finalist, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards
2020 Finalist, Italian Street Photo Festival ISPF Awards
2019 Finalist, Street Photography International SPi Awards
2019 5th place, single photo competition, German Street Photography Festival
2019 Special Mention and 5 Nominations, 9th World Street Photography Competition for the 6th wsp photobook