The Canon ProfiFoto prize-winner Anja Pietsch studied documentary photography and works as a photographer, photo editor, curator, trainer and writer in various countries. She covered the Syrian uprising and the refugee crises for a number of media outlets.
She co-founded SocialVisions and has since been implementing participatory photography projects in different countries.
SocialVisions e.V. is a non-profit association that encourages people to communicate through photography. SocialVisions works with individuals, local communities and partner organizations to create participatory photography programmes to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities.
Active in the fields of public participation, public art, capacity building, intercultural exchange, community building and advocacy, SocialVisions works in Germany and overseas with a focus on the Arab world.
In recent years, SocialVisions has run several participatory photography projects in the Middle East and North Africa. The project Beyond Orientalism – Realities of young women in the Arab world was focused on Syrian and refugee women and took place in 2010 in Damascus (Syria).
In 2013, SocialVisions successfully implemented the public art and collective mobilization project Blasti – C’est ma place in Tunis (Tunisia). Blasti was focused on enhancing dialogue between women from different backgrounds by inviting them to share photos of their places in Tunisia.