b. 1986, in Germany

2015 – 2018 Fine Art Photography Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin, Germany

2011 – 2012 MSc Violence, Conflict Development Studies SOAS University London, UK

Lives and works in Berlin and in San Francisco.

In addition to being a visual artist Jana Sophia Nolle works as an international election observer, most recently she lived and worked in Nepal, Myanmar, Belarus and Albania. Working in such diverse and vibrant environments has helped to inform her artistic sensibilities.

Consisting of photographs and found footage, Nolle’s work can be best described as living between research, observation and documentation. Often, the starting point of her projects is based on either autobiographical experiences or social phenomena. Her interests reflect a fascination with social change, fragile identities, as well as individuals embedded in socio-political transformations.
Having a research background, she often acts as an investigator as well as an observer, scanning the lives of others and using methods of both scientific research and staged documentary photography. Her approach is multidisciplinary, using photography, video and installations.


UNSEEN Art Fair, Catharine Clark Gallery (SF), (group show), Amsterdam, NL

Landskrona Foto. Outdoor exhibition at Kasernplan (solo show). Landskrona, SE

Public art — Billboard campaign with “Living Room”, a collaboration with Lava Mea and Catharine Clark Gallery (solo show), San Francisco, USA

Living Room, Festival des Voies Off — FOTOHAUS I PARISBERLIN, (group show), Arles, FR

Photo City / Framing Society, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, DK

Finalist — Photobook Exhibition / Award, Foto Wien 2019, Vienna, AU

Emerging Photography Award, Finalist Miami Photo Fest, (group show), Miami, USA

Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018 (group show), OKS, The Shelf, Berlin

Anska. Mothers and Daughters (group show), Best Photo, Harvey Milk Photo Center / Through the Lens, San Francisco

Phenomena No.1 (group show), Das kleine Schwarze, Hamburg

Fathers and Sons (group show), Gesellschaft für Internationele Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin / Brussels

Imprint, Art Auction, SOMA Arts Center, Coalition on Homelessness, (group show), San Francisco

Present to Past (group exhibition), OKS, Berlin

Project ECHOS (Video and Photography) (group exhibition, HO Gallery, Berlin


March 6 - June 2020
“Ineligible”, (group show), Santo Tirso International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. Collaboration with San Francisco State University, Sano Torso, PT

November 7 - 10 2019
PARSI PHOTO, Galerie Joseph, Paris, FR

October 14 - 20 2019
Les Rencontres de la Photographie Marrakech, Morocco. MA

June 19 - September 1 2019
Landskrona Foto. Outdoor exhibition at Kasernplan (in between Landskrona Museum and Konsthallen). Landskrona, SE

September 20 - 22 2019
UNSEEN Art Fair, Catharine Clark Gallery, Amsterdam, NL


Winner — LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2019, USA / GER
Winner – Reclaim Award 2019, Cologne, GER
Short-List, Felix-Schoeller Award 2019, Free Choice Category, GER
Short-List, Athen Photo Festival, Benaki Musuem Athen, GR
Nominated for c/o Berlin Talents Award 2019, GER
Nominated DZ Bank Art Collection Project Grant, GER
German Photobook Prize 2018/2019 (Bronze / category: Konzeptionell-künstlerische Fotobildbände), Project Living Room, Photos: Jana Sophia Nolle, Text: Aaron Schuman


Exhibition Catalogue, Year Zwölf, European Month of Photography, Berlin 2018

Living Room, Jana Sophia Nolle
Photos: Jana Sophia Nolle, Text: Jana Sophia Nolle & Aaron Schuman, Design: Sven-Lindhorst-Emme. Self-published. First Edition 2018. Edition: 50, Hardcover.


August 29, 2019
Artist Talk & Lecture, Jana Sophia Nolle, Sonoma States University, California

June 2019
Artist Talk, Jana Sophia Nolle in conversation with Perle Mohl, at Folkehuset Absalon, Copenhagen, DK. June 10th

March 2019
Artist Talk — with Shimon Attie & Jana Sophia Nolle. Photo Alliance, San Francisco, March 15th 2019, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco USA

March 2019
Lecture 'creative practice and ethnography's on homelessness' with Annie Danis, Apartment of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, California, March 20th 2019