Charlotte Schmitz

#FOTS20 Schedule

La Puente
Sunday, May 31

Charlotte’s approach to her photography is deliberately personal and often subverts the traditional documentary approach, which allows her to convey her messages about women and migration. She grew up in the Danish Minority in Germany and studied documentary photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. Charlotte’s work is being published by outlets internationally and in her native Germany, such as der Spiegel and The Washington Post, and she has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Turkey, Austria and Japan. The British Journal of Photography listed her as “Ones To Watch 2019” and she is the first recipient of the FotoEvidence W Award with her work La Puente, the largest brothel in southern Ecuador, where more than 150 women work. The photos were created in collaboration with the women, who chose their own poses and many painted with nail polish on their polaroids to hide their identities; the nail polish developed later to a creative tool, beautifying or abstracting bodies or the space. Charlotte speaks six languages and is currently based in Berlin.