Donata Wenders was born in Berlin in 1965. She studied Film and Theatre in Berlin and Stuttgart, worked as a camera assistant and made feature films and documentaries. Since 1995 she has devoted herself entirely to photography.

In 2006 Donata Wenders’ first photographic book Islands of Silence was published, this was followed by the artist book Vanishing Point. Donata Wenders – Robert Bosisio in 2016 and Leiko Ikemura in conversation with Donata and Wim Wenders in 2018. Over the years she has published further books together with her husband, Wim Wenders, such as PINA – The Film and the Dancers (2012), Don’t Come Knocking (2005), The Buena Vista Social Club (2000), The Heart is a Sleeping Beauty (2000) and Beyond the Clouds/My Time with Antonioni (1995). Her photographs appear in international newspapers and magazines including Egoiste, BLAU Magazin, The New York Times, Vogue, W, Deutsch, The Rolling Stone, Kult, Esquire Pen and Let’s Panic as well as illustrating CD covers by Bono, Jon Hassell, Sam Phillips, BAP, ZweiRaumWohnung and Die Toten Hosen. Additionally, she is involved in her husband’s films as a set photographer.

Sharpness and blur, shadow and haze, black and white, Donata Wenders makes use of these classical tools in her photography. Each picture contains a story, a background, perhaps even a secret. And the light that breaks through the darkness in her photographs has developed from a stylistic element into a major protagonist, as the photographer herself says. Her pictures sound out the borders and boundaries between drawing, painting and photography.

Up to now the works of Donata Wenders have been shown internationally in museums and galleries in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, in the Netherlands, in Norway, the USA, Japan and South Korea.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2019„Studie“, Polka Galerie, Paris
2018„Gestures of Light“, Atelier Jungwirth, Graz
„Leggendo Il Tempo“, C2 Contemporanea 2, Florence
„Gelesene Zeit“, Photographische Studien , Johanna Breede Photokunst
2017„Im Licht der Zeit“, FO.KU.S Innsbruck
2014„Silent Traces“, Johanna Breede Photokunst, Berlin, DE
2013„In the Snow“, Werkhallen, Oberwinter-Remagen, DE
2012„Donata Wenders“, Gallery Zandari, Seoul, KR
„Unsichtbar. Stimmen und Spuren“, Schlossmediale, Werdenberg, CH
„Donata Wenders – Photographie“, Exhibition Space Céline and Heiner Bastian, Berlin, DE
2011„Contemplation“, Galerie f5,6, Munich, DE
„Sensualité et Grâce“, Polka Galerie, Paris, FR
2010„Absent Presence“, Muzeul de Artă Cluj-Napoca, RU
2009„Kleine Ewigkeiten“, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, DE
2008„Kleine Ewigkeiten“, Leica Galerie, Salzburg, AU
„Kleine Ewigkeiten“, Leica Galerie, Solms, DE
2007„Kleine Ewigkeiten“, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, DE
2006„Islands of Silence“, Königsmünster Abbey, Meschede, DE
2005„Donata Wenders“, La Corte, Bari, IT
2004„Islands of Silence“, Galerie f5,6, Munich, DE
„Donata Wenders“, Le Grand Chalet, Rossinière, CH
2003„Islands of Silence“, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, DE
2002„Donata Wenders“, Galleria Allessandra Bonomo, Rome, IT
2000„Donata Wenders“, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, NL
„Pina“, Donata Wenders, Teatro Della Visione, Milan, IT


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019„Think Big“, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg
„Magic of Silence“, Johanna Breede Fotokunst, Berlin
2018„10th Anniversary Suite 59 Gallery / #59 Magazine Exhibition“, Amsterdam, NL
„On Disappearance and Appearance“, The Ephemeral in Photography, Alfred Ehrhard Stiftung, Berlin
„Leiko Ikemura in conversation with Donata and Wim Wenders“, Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin
2017„Zwischen Himmel und Erde“, Galleria Doris Ghetta at Galerie Tanit, Munich
„Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)“, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, directed by Wim Wenders, Berlin
„Thank you for Smoking“, Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg
„Favorite Images / Lieblingsbilder“, Johanna Breede Photokunst
2016„Amérique: mythes et légendes. With works by William Eggleston, Hiro, Jean-Pierre Laffont, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts and Donata Wenders“, Mérignac Photographic Festival, Viellei èglise Saint Vincent, Merignac, FR
„Art Comes First“, A Modern Masters of Photography Group Exhibition, Monika Mohr, Hamburg, DE
„Vis-à-Vis“, Johanna Breede Photokunst, Berlin, DE
„Nordic Light International Festival for Photography“, Nordic Light House of Photography, Kristiansund, NO
2015„The space between the characters can carry the load“, Collection Ivo Wessel, Museum Weserburg, Bremen, DE
„Places of the Mind“, Wim & Donata Wenders, Polka Galerie, Paris
„Vanishing Point“, Donata Wenders - Robert Bosisio, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, IT
„Leiko Ikemura – All about Girls and Tigers“, with two Portraits of the artist by Donata Wenders, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, DE
„Through Women’s Eyes.“, From Diane Arbus to Letizia Battaglia, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, IT
„The Window“, Johanna Breede Photokunst, ​Berlin, DE
2013„Sieh! Mal! An!“, With photographs by Peter Beard, Daniele Buetti, Arnulf Rainer, Many Ray, Straulino and Donata Wenders, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, DE
„BER–Bilder einer Stadt“, Pavlov’s Dog Space for Photography, Berlin, DE
2012„Format Pola“, Philippe Guionie, Sara Imloul, Donata Wenders, Polka Galerie, Paris, FR
2011„!We love black and white!“, With photographs by Ellen Auerbach, Robert Cappa, Anton Corbijn, Dennis Hopper, Many Ray and Donata Wendersn
„Liberté. Egalité. Féminité.“, Marc Riboud, Donata Wenders, Marc Montméat, Martha Camarillo, Polka Galerie, Paris, FR
2009„Vis à Vis“, Bautzner 69, Dresden, DE
2006„Journey to Onomichi“, with Wim Wenders, Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, JP
2005„Gruppenausstellung“, with works by Tomio Seike, Malcolm Pasley, Don McCullin, Olaf Martens, Harry Callahan, Robert Doisneau and Donata Wenders, Galerie f5,6, Munich, DE
„Born in the Sixties“, Positions in Contemporary Photography, C/O Berlin, DE
2004„Off-scene“, Wim and Donata Wenders, Galleria Ferragamo, Florence, IT
2001„Buena Vista Social Club“, Travelling exhibition organized by the Goethe-Institute, starting in 1991, through Europe, Asia and America
2000„Wim und Donata Wenders – Filmstills und Backstage Photography“, travelling exhibition in collaboration with the Solares Fondazione delle Arti, Parma, IT
1997„Palazzo Ducale“, Parma, IT