Katharina Bosse photographed by Sibylle Fendt

Katharina Bosse works on gender and biography based longterm projects through the use of portraiture, architecture and experimental photography. She uses analog darkroom photography as well as digital collages and enjoys collaborations with other artists. “A Portrait of the Artist as a young Mother” on art and motherhood was published in 2011, and “Thingstätten” on the problematic heritage of open-air theaters from the Nazi era in 2020 (2nd ed 2021).

Katharina Bosse was born in Turku, Finland in 1968 and grew up in Montral, Canada and Kirchzarten, Germany. After living in New York from the mid-90s for almost a decade, she moved back to Germany in 2003, making art, raising children and teaching as professor for photography in Bielefeld, Germany. Her work is in the collections of the MoMA and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and has been published by magazines including The New Yorker, Spin, Geo, Der Spiegel and the New York Times Magazine.

Katharina Bosse is actively working on creating more visibility for female identifying photographers through curating and publishing. She is a member of femxphotographers.org and runs the curatorial programme at the the project gallery “Elsa” in Bielefeld; Germany.




Recent Shows 

2024 Intérieurs, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

2023 Thingstätten, (curated) Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York

2023 All Roads are open, (co-curated) Kunstforum Hermann-Stenner, Bielefeld, Germany

2023 Family Affairs, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany

2022 Mettre au Monde, Centre d’art contemporain l’ar[T]senal, Dreux, France

2022 Female View, Museum Schloß Moyland, Germany

2021 Family Affairs, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany

2021 A view of the collection, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

2021 An American Night, Photofestival Israel

2017 Doing Identity, from the Reydan Weiss Colllection, Art Museum Bochum

2017 Et Dieu crea la Femme, Maison Guerlain, Paris

2016 With Different Eyes – The Portrait in Contemporary Photography

The Museum of Modern Art, Bonn, and Kunsthalle Nuremberg

2015 When Man Falls, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

2014 Queensize, Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection, Berlin

2014 Si on n’a pas vu le Bonheur…, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

2011 DZ Bank art collection: HEREIN !, Frankfurt

2011The Collector’s guide to new Art Photography vol 2,Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2010/11 elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2010 Felicitá, Centre PasquArt, Bienne

2010 Gabriele Münter Preis 2010, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Frauenmuseum, Bonn

2010Do or Die – Auf Leben und Tod 
The Human Condition in Painting and Photography, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

2009 Fashion Room, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

2009 Quelques Figures de Maternités, Galerie d’art du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence

2008 Ad Absurdum, Museum MARTAa, Herford

2007 Internationale Photo Triennale Esslingen

2007 En Quête d’Identité, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France

2006 Out of Context, OMI International Arts Center, Ghent, New York

2006 Please Wait, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris

2004 Katharina Bosse, Aki Ikemura, Manuela Marques,Schroeder Romero Gallery, New York

2004 A Clear Vision,Photographische Werke aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

2003 Locating Intimacy,Camera Works, San Francisco

2003 Von Körpern und anderen Dingen, Stadtgalerie Prag, Historisches Museum Berlin, House of Photography Moskau, Kunstmuseum Bochum

2003 Phantom of Desire,Neue Galerie Graz

2002 Life of the City, Photographs of New York from the Museum’s collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2001 Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2000 Seeing Double, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2000 New York Now 2000, Museum of the City of New York

2000 „Good Business is the Best Art“ 20 years of Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York

Books and Catalogues (Sel.)

Mind over Matter, Femxphotographers with Roula Seikaly, Hatje Cantz 2022

Thingstätten, (Ed. Katharina Bosse) 2021 Geymüller (2nd Ed) in German,

2020 Kerber (English Edition-Available in the US through D.A.P. )

The Body Issue, Femxphotographers.org with Elisabeth Biondi, Hatje Cantz 2020

With different Eyes – The Portrait in Contemporary Photography,Museum of Art Bonn, 2016

The Space beyond (Ed. K.Bosse),Camera Club of New York, 2014

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother, Filigranes, Paris, and Kehrer, Heidelberg, 2011

The Collector’s Guide to new Art Photography vol 2, Humble Arts, New York 2011

Gabriele Münter Preis 2010, Frauenmuseum Bonn, 2010

The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson, London 2004

Photographie Plasticienne, LExtrême Contemporain, Éditions du Regard, Paris 2004

Von Körpern und anderen Dingen, Deutsche Fotografie im 20.Jhd, Edition Braus 2004

Modern Contemporary, Art at MoMA since 1980, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2004

New Burlesque, Editions Filigranes, Paris 2003, D.A.P., New York, 2004

Surface Tension, Monograph, Kruse, Hamburg 2000 (in the US distributed by D.A.P., March 2001)

Contemporary German Photography, Taschen, Köln, 1997

Signe,Galerie Lukas & Hoffmann, 1997

Awards and Grants (Sel.)

2021 CityArtists NRW Award

2021 Special Mention by the European Heritage Award for “Thingstätten” in the Category “Research”

2021 Neustart Kultur Kulturakteure Grant

2018 Kulturwerk VG BildKunst Grant Website “Thingstätten”

2012 Project Grant for „Thingstätten“„LWL Foundation“

2011 Project Grant for „Thingstätten“ from „Art Foundation NRW“

2010 Short List Gabriele Münter Award

2010 Project Grant for „Bordello Architecture“ from „VG Bild-Kunst“

2009 Publishing Grant „Foundation Kunstfonds“

2008 Prix “Lumiere”, Grand Prix International d’Images de Vevey

1998 Bronx Museum for the Arts “Artist in the Markeplace”

1997 Joop-Swart-Masterclass, World Press Photo Foundation, Rotterdam

1997 Agfa International Award for Young Photojournalism

1994 Kodak European Panorama of Young Professional Photography

1994 DAAD-Scholarship

1992 Kodak European Panorama of Young Professional Photography

Collections (Sel.)

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

DZ Bank, Frankfurt

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Frankreich

FRAC Île-de-France

Le Centre national des arts plastiques

Collection F.C. Gundlach

Collection Henry Buhl

Gallery Representation

Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago