Prof. Dr. Karen Fromm

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Areas of teaching and research: Photo theory, pictorial languages and the documentary

Prof. Dr. Karen Fromm, born 1968 in Hamburg, studied Art History, Literature, Culture and Media Management in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Berlin and graduated from Berlin’s Humboldt University with a dissertation on ‘The Picture as Witness: Staging the Documentary Aspects of Artistic Photography since 1980’. From 1995 until 1997, she managed the Galerie Pfefferberg in Berlin. In 1999, she took on the leadership of the Department of Exhibitions, CSR and Corporate Design at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr. Till 2011, she was a member of the management of the FOCUS photography and press agency.

Karen Fromm has been a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover since 2011. Her areas of research and teaching are photo theory, pictorial languages and the documentary. In addition to her teaching activities, she is the head of the International Class, which the degree programme established in 2017. She has founded the interdisciplinary research and discourse platform [IMAGE MATTERS] and edited the volumes ‘Images in Conflict / Bilder im Konflikt’ (2018) and ‘image/con/text. Documentary Practices between Journalism, Art and Activism’ (2020).

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