About Astrid Riecken Photography

Astrid Riecken is an award-wining documentary and fine-art photographer, based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Since August 2016, Riecken additionally holds a position as adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of the George Washington University where she teaches advanced photojournalism.

Riecken started her photographic career in her native Hamburg, Germany. In 1993, she transferred from the University of Hamburg to San Francisco State University, where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1998.

Riecken has won numerous awards in Picture of the Year International (Poyi), National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photography (BOP) and the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) competition “The Eyes of History” in which she was named "Photographer of the Year" in 2014. Riecken was also a participant in the Eddie Adams Workshop and was twice a finalist for the William Randolph Hearst National College Journalism Competition and the recipient of the NPPA Joseph Ehrenreich scholarship and the Greg Robinson Memorial scholarship. In 2016, Riecken was named Outstanding Journalism Alumna by SFSU.

In 2015, Riecken returned to Germany to report on the refugee crisis in Germany, focusing her work on German families who welcomed Syrian, Afghan and Iranian refugees at their homes.
At the beginning of 2010, Riecken volunteered as a photographer to assist Project HOPE in their relief efforts for the earthquake victims in Haiti. In 2009, Riecken was chosen to participate in the Berlin Wall Project, sponsored by the Goethe Institute, New York City, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Since then, Riecken has continued to capture the disappearance of the remains of The Berlin Wall in her photographs and in film. In 2008, Riecken covered the campaign of the presidential candidate Barack Obama. Her photographs are published in the book "President Obama: The Start of an Era".

Additonally, Riecken continues to document the struggle of aging jazz musicians in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Riecken’s work was part of group exhibitions at the Newseum, Look3, FotoWeekDC, The Hoefner Gallery, and The Corcoran Museum.

Equally comfortable in English and German, Riecken frequently freelances for international publications. Her work has been published among others in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Guardian.