About

Julia Gunther is a Berlin born photographer who specialises in documentary projects. She likes to explore the lives of her subjects and allow them to tell their own stories, giving her audience a personal context in which to view her work. Her photography series often consist of a combination of portraits and investigative images.

Julia’s photography has been exhibited in New York, London, Cape Town, South Korea, Sydney, Amsterdam and selected by exhibitions and festivals around the globe. Most recently, Julia’s work has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition 2016, and has won awards at The New York Photo Festival’s The Last Picture Show 2015 and the Moscow International Foto Awards 2015.

Her work has been featured in international publications such as the New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Independent, Marie Claire, Dazed, WIRED and the National Geographic. Since January 2016 she has also been a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
IHLIA, OBA, Amsterdam, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Chedino & Family’
Wundermarket Amsterdam, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’

2014
IHILIA, OBA, Amsterdam, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’

2013
Amsterdam Gay Pride, MOES, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’
W1F Gallery, Amsterdam, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’

2012
Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Wilhelmina’s Delicatessen, Amsterdam, ‘De Hard Rock Karoke’.
ARTWORKS, Glassworks, Amsterdam, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Festiphoto Menthon St Bernard, France, ‘Proud Women of Africa: The Black Mambas’
FC Barcelona Photo Awards, Barcelona, Spain, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Malawi Eleven’
Head On Photo Festival, Museum of Sydney, Australia, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, London; Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland; The Beaney, Canterbury, UK, ‘Proud Women of Africa: The Black Mambas’

2016
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, ‘Proud Women of Africa: The Black Mambas’
FotoWeekDC, ‘Represent’ by Refinery29, Washington D.C., USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: The Black Mambas’
Photoville 2016, ‘Represent’ by Refinery29, New York, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: The Black Mambas’
Head On Photo Festival, Museum of Sydney, Australia, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’

2015
New York Photo Festival presents The Last Picture Show, New York, USA & Seoul, South Korea, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Chedino & Family’
Photoville The Fence 2015 in New York, Atlanta, Houston, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’
Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Chedino & Family’
GRID Cape Town Biennial 2015, SA, ‘Proud Women of Africa’

2014
New York Photo Festival presents Photoworld 2014, New York, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church & Rainbow Girls’
Photoville 2014, ALIVE Dutch Photography, New York, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’

2013
Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’
Menier Gallery, London, UK, Life Framer Exhibition, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Maternity Ward’

2012
LhGWR Gallery, The Hague, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’
The Art of Photography Show, San Diego, USA, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’

AWARDS

2017
Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017, Shortlisted
FC Barcelona Photo Awards 2016, Finalist
Head On Portrait Prize 2017, Finalist

2016
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, Finalist
Head On Portrait Prize 2016, Finalist
Moscow International Photo Awards 2016, Honorable Mention

2015
New York Photo Festival presents The Last Picture Show 2015, Winner
Moscow International Photo Awards 2015, 2nd Place
Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award 2015, Finalist

2014
New York Photo Festival presents PhotoWorld 2014, Winner
Photolucida Critical Mass 2014, Finalist Top 200
Moscow International Photo Awards 2014, Honorable Mention

2013
LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013, Winner
GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2013
Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award 2013, Finalist

2012
New York Photo Awards 2012, Interim Winner
37th Anniversary International Professional Women Photographers, Winner
The Photographer’s Forum Magazine 2012, Best of Photography 2012
Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award 2012, Finalist

INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS, BOOKS AND ARTICLES

2017
Die Zeit, Christ & Welt, DE, ‘Was haben wir übersehen?’; October 2017 by Hannes Leitlein
Weekend Argus, SA, ‘Photos depict how women challenge stereotypes'; Proud Women of Africa: Malawi Eleven, June 2017 by Michael Morris
Marie Claire Magazine, UK, ‘Period pride in Malawi'; June Issue 2017 by Emma Ledger
Der Greif, Guest Room – Azu NwagboguProud Women of Africa: Malawi Eleven, April 2017
TIME For Kids Magazine, ‘Cricket For All’; Proud Women of Africa: Malawi Eleven, April 2017 by Kio Herrera
PF Magazine, ‘Trots als gemene deler’; Proud Women of Africa, Interview, April 2017 by Naomi Heidinga
PictureThis, Talk, Proud Women of Africa, Fotomuseum Den Haag, NL, April 2017
LensCulture, ‘Proud Women of Africa’, Video Interview from 2016, March 2017
Al Jazeera, ‘Malawi’s cricketer girls break stereotypes and barriers’, February 2017 by Nick Schonfeld
Weekend Argus, SA, ‘Breaking the cycle of women’s poverty’, January 2017 by Michael Morris
Huffington Post, ‘Meet The Young Malawian Women Tailoring and Selling Reusable Sanitary Pads’, January 2017 by Priscilla Frank
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, Instagram Takeover: The Black Mambas, January 2017

2016
Refinery29, The Reusable Sanitary Pads of Malawi, December 2016 by Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez
Life Force Magazine, ‘The Black Mambas’, Photo- Essay, December 2016
The Guardian, My Best Shot, ‘Julia Gunther’s best photograph: The church brigade leader giving Cape Town kids hope’, Interview, December 2016 by Ben Beaumont-Thomas
HUCK Magazine, ‘Capturing the power and strength of African women’, Interview, November 2016 by Michael Segalov
Refinery29UK, ‘Meet The Women Risking Their Lives To Save Elephants in SA’, November 2016 by Emma Ledger
Refinery29, ‘Stunning Images From 29 Women We Admire’, September 2016
Africa Rising, Book about Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa, August 2016 by Gestalten & Design Indaba
De Correspondent, ‘Waar zijn de lesbiennes gebleven?’, July 2016 by Maaike Meijer
Brigitte Magazine, Nr.8, ‘Die mutigen Schutzengel der Nashörner’, March 2016 by Sarah Levy
WIRED, ‘The Young Women Who Hunt South Africa’s Poachers – Unarmed’, March 2016 by Laura Mallonee
Captured Nation, ‘Powerful Insight Into the Strength of African Women by Julia Gunther’, Interview, February 2016
The Lake Magazine, #008, ‘The Black Mambas’, February 2016
Shots.net, ‘South Africa Special: Julia Gunther’, Interview, February 2016 by Selena Schleh
L’Espresso, ‘In Africa l’orgoglio è femmina’, Interview, January 2016 by Vincenzo Giardina

2015
Weekend Argus, SA, ‘Living Life On Her Own Terms’, December 2015 by Michael Morris
CNN, Inside Africa, ‘They’re called the Black Mambas, and they’re a poachers worst nightmare’ December 2015
Refinery29, ‘I Am Strong, I Am A Woman & I Bite Like A Mamba’, December 2015 by Kaelyn Forde
Al Jazeera AJ+, ‘Chedino & Family – Julia Gunther on being Trans in South Africa’, December 2015
Refinery29, ‘Stunning Portraits of Chedino & Her Family’, December 2015 by Kaelyn Forde
DAZED, ‘Capturing the life of a trans woman in South Africa’, November 2015 by Ashleigh Kane
Marie Claire Magazine, SA, ‘The Women Who Hunt Poachers’, November 2015 by Sylvia McKeown and Sarah Koopman
TIME For Kids Magazine, Cover, ‘On Patrol – The Black Mambas’, November 2015 by Aryn Baker
TIME Magazine, ‘Meet the female rangers trying to save South Africa’s rhinos’, October 2015 by Aryn Baker
TIME Video, ‘Inside the New Weapon against Poachers’, October 2015 by Aryn Baker
The Independent On Sunday: The New Review Magazine, Cover, ‘The Lion Queens’, September 2015 by Kate Wills
The Creators Project VICE, ‘Rolling with the Black Mambas’, September 2015 by Beckett Mufson
Huffington Post Mag #167, Cover, ‘Meet The Black Mambas’, September 2015 by Priscilla Frank
Al Jazeera AJ+‘The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit: Champions of the Earth’, September 2015
Weekend Argus, SA, ‘Poachers, Beware these Mambas’, September 2015 by Michael Morris
Huffington Post, ‘Meet The Black Mambas’, September 2015 by Priscilla Frank
Aint- Bad Magazine, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’, September 2015
HuffPostLive, WorldBrief with @CarolMT, ‘Black Mambas of South Africa’, September 2015
The New York Times Magazine, ‘On Patrol with the Black Mambas’, Photo Essay, August 2015
New Dawn Paper, ‘Julia Gunther is gefascineerd door het doorzettingsvermogen van de mensheid’, Interview, June 2015
Het Parool, NL, ‘Voor alles dat zwemt, vliegt of kruipt’, Dierenambulance Amsterdam, April 2015 by Lara Aerts
National Geographic‘Portraits of Strength; Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’, March 2015 by Jessie Wender 
Weekend Argus, SA, ‘Lesbians living, loving and out in Khayelitsha’, March 2015 by Michael Morris
Huffington Post, ‘Meet the ‘Rainbow Girls’, March 2015 by Priscilla Frank 
Feature Shoot, ‘Rainbow Girls shows South Africa’s Lesbian Community In Bold Contrast’, Feb 2015 by Elyssa Goodman

2014
Creative Review Photography Annual 2014 Magazine, Cover, ‘Proud Women of Africa: Rainbow Girls’
New Dawn Paper, Editors Pic, ‘Rainbow Girls: Terra’, November 2014
Zoom Magazine, Italy ‘The Futures of Portrait: Rainbow Girls’ by Sara Namias
Vision Magazine #141, China, ‘Culture: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Rainbow Girls’, July 2014 by Liz Xu
The Candid Frame Podcast, Episode 230 – Julia Gunther, April 2014, by Ibarionex Perello
DAZED, ‘South Africa’s Rainbow Girls’; Interview, April 2014 by Maisie Skidmore

2013
ORMS, SA, ‘Stylised portraits of women: Wall of Women’, March 2013
Froot Magazine, ‘Onderdrukte lesbiennes uit Zuid- Afrika in de serie Rainbow Girls’, March 2013
ToneLit Magazine, ‘Issue Four: Rainbow Girls’, February 2013

2012
Het Parool, ‘Ware Liefde in Groep 5′, July 2012 by Lara Aerts
PhotoQ Review by Lise Lotte ten Voorde ‘Uiterst Aangenaam Tegengif: Somehow, Somewhat in the middle of things groepstentontoonstelling met Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church’, April 2012