Freelance Photographer, Astrid Riecken Photography
Astrid 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 majored in photojournalism and minored in black studies. She graduated in 1997 at the top of her class and was immediately hired as a staff photographer and has built a reputation as an inspired and versatile shooter ever since.
At the beginning of 2010, Riecken volunteered as a photographer for Project HOPE to help 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. 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".
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. In 1997, Riecken was a participant in the Eddie Adams workshop. Equally comfortable in English and German, Riecken frequently freelances for international publications including Getty Images, The European Press Photo Agency and The Washington Post.
Her work was part of a group show in 'Photos on the Deck: DC Photographers in Haiti' in 2010, at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph 2009, 2008 and of Photo Week DC 2009. Riecken's work, along with that of the Washington Times' photography staff, was nominated as a 2003 Pulitzer finalist for vivid images capturing the events and emotions stirred by the sniper killings in the Washington, D.C. region.