Department of Design Teaching Staff


Nora Bibel was born in Munich in 1971 and moved to Berlin in 1999, after graduating with a Diploma in Photography from the University of Bielefeld. Bibel travels internationally for her work as a freelance artist and photographer in the field of portraiture and documentary and also teaches photography at Media University's Berlin campus, where she became a professor in 2015.

Bibel’s main focus is the interplay and impact of social change and personal fates mostly explored in her portrait photography. Although her pictures appear to be quiet, concentrated and precise images of everyday scenes, they are in fact staged moments quasi suspended in time, choreographed by the photographer in collaboration with her chosen subjects.

In 2006, Bibel became a member of the agency laif. In 2011, her book „Heimat – Que Huong“ was published by Kerber. In recent years, she realized several projects in Asia with the funding of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), VG Bild-Kunst and the Goethe Institute. 

Her work has been exhibited worldwide in solo and group shows.


  • Photography (BA)
  • Time-based media (BA)
  • Communication Design (MA)

Research- and Teaching Focus

  • Photography

Curriculum Vitae


1999-2000Complementary Studies of Communication Design, University of Art, Berlin-Weissensee, Germany
1997Studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Faculty of Photography, Australia



Graduated in Photography and Media, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany, Diploma (Dipl.Des.)

1992-1993 Studied Psychology, University of Trier, Germany


Work Experience

2016Photography workshop at the 19th International Dresden Summer Academy for Visual Arts

Since 2015


Professor for Photography and Film at Media University Berlin


Workshops “Subjective Photography: What means Democracy from your personal view?”, Yangon und Mandalay, Myanmar

2009Workshop at Winter Academy 4: ‘Lets say I!’, Theatre at the Parkaue, State Theatre for Children and Young People in Berlin and House of Theatre Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland


Workshop at Pottfiction, Camp 1, ‘The World Outside My Front Door’. Ruhr 2010, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Since 2007Part-time Lecturer for Photography at Best Sabel Vocational School for Design, Berlin, Germany


Photography and artistic career 



Artist in Residence, Goethe Institute, Trivandrum, India


bengaloREsidency, Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, India

Freelens Foundation, Hamburg, Myanmars Driving Force, Project funding

Artist in Residence, New Zero Art Space, Yangon, Myanmar


VG Bild-Kunst Collecting Society for Visual Arts, Bonn: Grant

2010ifa, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Trien lam anh, An Dinh Palast, Hué, Vietnam, project funding


Descubrimientos PhotoEspana08, Complejo el Aguila, Madrid, Spain

Since 2006Member of laif agency for photos and reportages
Since 2006Member of FREELENS e.V.
Since 1999 Freelance Photographer regularly on assignment for leading magazines, agencies and companies, mainly in the fields of travel, documentary and portraiture.


Nominated for Felix Schoeller Photo Award (2015)

Honorable Mention at the Aenne Biermann Prize for Contemporary German Photography (2001)

Honorable Mention at the Reinhart Wolf Award (2000)


laif, agency for photos and reportages


Publications and Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016“Freezing frames of Chala”, Streetexhibition, Trivandrum, Indien
“Family comes first”, Townhall Tempelhof, Berlin
“Myanmar´s driving force”, Tempelhof Museum, Berlin
“Wildfang”, Berolina Gallery, Townhall Mitte, Berlin
2015“Wildfang”, Jugendamt Lichtenberg, Berlin
2014‘Heimat - Que Huong’, Alabama, Sir, F/Stop Festival, Leipzig, Germany
2012‘Heimat - Que Huong’, Vietnamese German Cultural Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam, presented by the German Embassy in Vietnam, with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
‘Heimat - Que Huong’, Museum Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany
‘Heimat - Que Huong’, Showroom of the Days of Photography at the House of Literature, Darmstadt, Germany
2011‘Heimat - Que Huong’, book launch, ifa-Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2002‘Transition’, Goethe Institute, Belgrade, Serbia
1999Diploma Exhibition, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2017Show your darlings II: Darkness, Atelier Sabine Wild, Berlin, Germany
2016Faculty exhibition Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
VIS Á VIS, Art Photography by Nora Bibel and Julia Gaisbacher, Bautzner 69, Dresden, Germany
2015‘Wiesbadener Fototage’, SV Insurance, Wiesbaden, Germany
‘frei sehen’, Gallery Tempelhof Museum, Berlin, Germany
2014‘Family comes first’, 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, India
‘Messages’, 6th European Month of Photography, Strahler, Berlin, Germany
‘Democracy?’, New Zero Art Space, Yangon, Myanmar
‘Art Exhibition 3+1’, Goethe Institute, Yangon, Myanmar
2013‘Dozenten Expo’, Best Sabel, Berlin, Germany
2012‘The View of the Other’, 5th European Month of Photography, Artificial Image, Berlin, Germany
2010‘Trien lam anh’, An Dinh Palace, Hué, Vietnam
2009‘Childhood Stories’, white-BOX Gallery, Munich, Germany
2008‘Salt’, Art Gallery Villa Kobe, Halle, Germany
‘The Assumption of Values’, 3rd European Month of Photography, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
2007‘The Assumption of Values’, Art Gallery Bocholt, Germany
2006‘Club Photography’, Gruner&Jahr, Hamburg and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
‘Days of Photography’, Museum Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
‘Big Art Show’, Art Gallery Villa Kobe, Halle, Germany
‘Kaunas Photo Days 06’, Lithuania
‘2nd European Month of Photography’, GOLAB, Berlin, Germany
‘Floating Series’, Schalter, Berlin, Germany
2002‘East of 30 degrees east’, Photo Forum, Innsbruck, Austria
‘Ive met Kylie’, America House, Bielefeld, Germany
2001‘Platform for New Photography’, Praterinsel, Munich, Germany
‘Aenne Biermann Prize’, Museum for Applied Arts Gera, Germany
‘Fascination Technology’, [k3] at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
2000‘Reinhart Wolf Award’, Museum for Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany
‘New Photography in Berlin, Photography Now’, Berlin and Pixelpark, Cologne, Germany
1998‘Pictures of Salzwedel’, group show, Jenny Marx Museum, Salzwedel, Germany
1997‘underexposure’, group show, RMIT Union Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Family Comes First, The Green Box, 2017

Heimat - Que Huong (Homeland) with an essay by Dr. Ingo Schöningh and Kristina Stang, Kerber, 2011

Im Horizont des Unendlichen with an essay by Kai Ehlers, self-published, 1999



2016Darkness, Atelier Sabine Wild, Berlin (catalogue)
2015Wiesbaden Photo Days, heimat X, Photowork e.V., Wiesbaden (catalogue)
2014bangaloREsidency, Bangalore, India (catalogue)
frei sehen, entwerter/oder, Uwe Warnke Publisher, Berlin
6th European Month of Photography, Kehrer, Heidelberg Berlin (catalogue)
Get lucky!, f/stop Festival, Leipzig
2012Peoplealbum 02, seltmann & söhne, Lüdenscheid
The View Of The Other, Michael Maria Mџller, ©-editions (catalogue)
2011 PHOTONEWS Newspaper for Photography, Denis Brudna, Hamburg, Nr 11/11
2010An Dinh – Hue`s Hidden Pearl, Federal Foreign Office of Germany (book)
2009Busted, pH PowerHouse Magazine, Issue 5, New York (magazine)
2008 Descubrimientos PHE, PhotoEspana, Madrid (catalogue)
2006 Self Perception – Stepping into the Picture, Days of Photography Darmstadt e.V., Darmstadt (catalogue)
Big Art Show Halle (Saale), Kunst Halle e.V., Halle (Saale) (catalogue)
berliner 11, values, Berlin (magazine)
2004selected views No.6, Bensheim (catalogue)
berliner 06, wall to wall, Berlin (magazine)
2003Übersee 3, Summertime, Die Gestalten Publishing House, Berlin (magazine)
berliner 04, home, berliner, Berlin (magazine)
2001places to go, people to see, Die Gestalten Publishing House, Berlin (book)