My name is Cecilia Aretz, a freelance photographer based in Hamburg, with focus on portrait, reportage and people photography. I started getting interested in photography a couple of years ago when I was studying media art&design at the college of fine arts in Saarbrücken. For about 5 years I have worked as an assistant for TV productions and several photographers before I started doing my own thing.

Besides my job I continuously work on free projects. My main interest is to discover social topics. While I’m working on free projects, I still take enough time to be spontaneous apart from the planning  to discover the right place and time for them.


My constant travel companion, by the way, is my analogue camera. Working with it is a much slower and a more conscious process, which gives me the opportunity to discover photography from a different point of view. Additionaly, I like spending some time in the darkroom, especially on rainy days, which aren’t rare in Hamburg. Some of my analog pictures can be seen on my Instagram account.

You are very welcome to contact me for any requests and collaboration.

2018 – “Das musste sein”, 10. Aufschlag, BFF Hamburg
2017 – “Sichtweise”, Photoweeks Stuttgart
04.05. - 07.05.2017 “Uncommissioned”, 09. Aufschlag, BFF Hamburg
06.10. - 09.10.2016 “Reduktion”, Triebwerk, BFF Berlin
19.04.2013  –  03.05.2013 „Eilt...” Diplomarbeit, Galerie der HBKSaar
15.07.2012 „Schöne Künste“ in Saarbrücken
01.04.2011  –  15.07.2012 Art Metz
17.01.2011  –  07.02.2011 “Loopingstar”, Café et Al, Saarbrücken
21.09.2010  –  23.01.2011 Photokina meets Academy
06.07.2010  –  26.09.2010 “GOOD NEWS”, HBKsaar Galerie
29.01.2010     –  06.08.2010 Viewfinder” Camera obscura, Saarbrücken
30.10.2009    –  01.02.2010 Vordiplom, Theaterfotografie, im Theater Sparte4, Saarbrücken
06.02.2009   –  21.12.2009 Kurzfilmtage im Kino 81/2, Saarbrücken
30.10.2008    –  18.01.2009 “Das begehbare Märchen”, Saarbrücken
10.10.2007     –  10.02.2008 “ZOOM 2008”, Saarbrücken


2018  –  BFF Aufschlag Award Junior Gold
2016  –  “Selected” Pic Förderpreis
2015  –  Newcomer Nominee German Design Award