Donata Wenders was born in Berlin in 1965. She studied film and theatre in Berlin and Stuttgart and began her artistic career as a cinematographer for feature films and documentaries.
Since 1995 she has been working as a freelance photographer. Her images are characterised by a classical, mostly black and white visual language. With photography’s digital transformation, Donata Wenders has been developing audiovisual short film installations since 2015. This fusion of photography and moving image lead her back to her roots and also marked an evolution in genre.
In 2006, her first book Donata – Islands of Silence was published. This was followed in 2016 by the artist book with painter Robert Bosisio Vanishing Point – Donata Wenders and Robert Bosisio.
She has published several other books with her husband Wim Wenders, including Leiko Ikemura in conversation with Donata and Wim Wenders (2018), 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 photos have been published in international magazines such as Egoiste, BLAU Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, W, Deutsch, Rolling Stone, Kult, Esquire Pen and Let’s Panic, in addition to CD and book covers for Bono, Jon Hassell, Sam Phillips, BAP, ZweiRaumWohnung and Die Toten Hosen and Peter Handke. She has also been a set photographer for her husband Wim Wenders‘ films since 1995.
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