About the Artist

Born in Hamburg, Germany. Frederike first came to London in the early 1990s and started her 20-year editorial and commercial career with magazines such as i-D and The Face. She is currently working on a series of personal projects that were made during her time as an editorial photographer, exploring social documentary, portraiture and still life. These have resulted in publications, the first, self published entitled Propaganda and the second, Rundgang, published by Here Press. Most recent is Kriegskinder – a long term project that started in 2014 which explores identity and personal history of people that grew up in post-war Germany. It was published by Hatje Cantz. She continues to live in London.

Client List

  • Achtung
  • Adidas
  • Aldo
  • Another Magazine
  • Apartamento Magazine
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Boots No 7
  • Camper
  • Coca Cola
  • Converse
  • Dazed & Confused
  • Dewars
  • EE
  • Elle US
  • Escada
  • GAP
  • Glamour US
  • Guardian Magazine
  • GQ
  • H&M
  • Habitat
  • Harvey Nichols
  • L'Official
  • Matalan
  • Monocle
  • National Theatre
  • New look
  • Nike
  • Nowness
  • Perry Ellis
  • Pleasure Garden
  • Remy Martin
  • Target
  • The Glenlivet
  • T Mobile
  • Vespa
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • W Magazine
  • Zeit Magazin
  • 10 Men


Hatje Cantz

Kriegskinder presents 45 haunting present-day portraits by German photographer Frederike Helwig (born 1968) of those who grew up during World War II. Each of her photographs is accompanied by a childhood eyewitness account, offering a portrait of a generation whose memories will soon disappear with them.

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Here Press

In 2004 Frederike Helwig was assigned by an American glossy to cover a story about American real estate development in Nicaragua. Afterwards, she stayed in Granada and one afternoon, walked around the town and took a portrait of every person she encountered who agreed to be photographed. In the end the magazine didn’t find what they were looking for within the photographs. Now 13 years later, Helwig has published the photographs with Here Press.

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Whilst on assignment shooting an American athlete at his high school, Helwig noticed slogans and messages spread over the entire school as a means to motivate and inspire students. Being from a European background she was unaccustomed to such visual slogans of motivation. Her immediate emotional and intellectual response reflected her cultural upbringing in post war Germany and prompted her interpretations explored in this project. All photographs printed in Propaganda were taken in 2005 in Georgia, USA.

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Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

Galerie FHoch3Berlin, Germany
Galerie Für Moderne FotografieBerlin, Germany
Galerie Für Moderne FotografieBerlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

‘Female Female’
Galerie Für Moderne FotografieBerlin, Germany

Awards & Prizes

Lead Award
D&AD Award
Nomination for ICP Infinity Award
Lead Award