Jana Sophia Nolle



Jana S. Nolle was born in 1986 in Kassel. She lives and works in Berlin.

In 2011 Jana received her MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development Studies from SOAS University London. In addition to being a photographer she 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. Her work has been published in magazines and been shown in several exhibitions, most recently in Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg and San Francisco.

Currently she studies at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin, attending the graduation class of Professor Linn Schröder, 2015–2018.

Artist Statement

Consisting of photographs and found footage, Jana Sophia Nolle’s work can be best described as living between research, observation and documentation. Often, the starting point of her photographic 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.


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

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

2017 – present
Fathers and Sons (group exhibition), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin/Brussels (2018)

Imprint, Art Auction, Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

Nightbus (group exhibition), Panke Gallery, Berlin

Present to Past: Burma's Democratic Transition (group exhibition), Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin

Project ECHOS (group exhibition, HO Gallery, Berlin