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The yearly portfolio-viewing event took place in November at the Haus der Photographie in Hamburg's Deichtorhallen. On December 5 the winners of Best Portfolio were announced by a jury that included a representative of the LFI editorial team. The following is an interview with Juliane Herrmann, who came in third.

What were you expecting from the portfolio review?

I had worked very consistently on my portfolio for the last years, and decided it was time to present it in a more professional setting. As a photographer who has been intensely dedicated to one theme for many years, I was naturally curious to see how the outside world might perceive my work. So my main expectation was to get feedback from an external perspective. What I found particularly interesting was the fact that one piece of work can be perceived and valued in a very different manner depending on the context and the reviewer.

Which of your pictures did you present – and which did you not show?

As a main focus, I presented my photo book Den Haag. I had been on a photographic exploration of Den Haag, documenting the city through urban views, portraits and snap shots. It was a desire to get to know a neighbouring country that in some ways is similar, yet at the same time very different, to my own, that took me to the Dutch city beyond the dunes.  

In addition, I showed a project I am currently working on, but which is not yet completed. I also think it's important to get feedback during the working process.

What was the silliest bit of advice you ever heard?

From a certain perspective there is no silly advice. In every suggestion, regardless of who it comes from, there is a spark of truth. You just have to know where to classify the criticism. I also like to show my work to people who have little to do with photography. It's something of a reality check. They give me unadulterated feedback, even if it might appear somewhat confused at first.

What are your plans for the future?

I'm currently working on a new project! It deals with freemasonry, a traditionally closed society – which is why there are, to date, so few pictures focussing on it. I want to complete the project within the next months and to publish some of the material as a photo book. I'm planning to set up a crowd-funding campaign to do so. So things remain exciting...
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague
Juliane Herrmann: The Hague

Juliane Herrmann

Born in Jena in 1989, Herrmann studied photography at college in Dortmund. In April 2012 she received her Bachelor of Arts with the series about The Hague. The same year she began studying documentary photography at the AKV/St. Joost Art Academy in Breda, in the Netherlands, and completed her Master of Photography in the summer of 2014. Today she works as a free-lance photo designer in the Cologne area focussing on portrait and documentary photography.

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