Corinna Kern is a German photojournalist and documentary photographer currently based in South Africa.
She earned her first degree in Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, in 2009, which led her to a position as a video editor at one of Germany’s major TV stations “WDR”. In collaboration with authors she edited reports dealing with news, lifestyle, arts, culture and social issues.
Having pursued photography on the side, she decided to fully devote herself to her passion by taking up a Master in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London in 2012. When she completed her studies with distinction in 2013 she was selected for a mentorship with Getty Images Reportage, followed by the Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent Award in 2014.
Her long-term and self-assigned projects focus on marginalized communities and alternative cultures. Through her candid photography, Corinna creates bodies of work that give intimate insights into peoples’ lives, often unfolding on the fringes of society. Her work takes a fresh look at social and contemporary issues with the aim of challenging preconceived notions associated with her topics.
She gained international recognition through prestigious photo contests, such as POYI, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, International Photography Awards, Lensculture Awards, Photolucida Critical Mass, among others. Her photographic work has been featured in renowned publications, such as TIME, CNN, Vice, Magazine du Monde, Die Zeit, Spiegel Online, De Standaard, Esquire, and others.
Corinna is available for assignments worldwide.