STORIES TO BE TOLD
IN CONVERSATION WITH SOPHIE LINCKERSDORFF
Sophie Linckersdorff is a German photographer who grew up in a household of art dealers and thus had some early exposure to the art world. This later influenced her development as a photographer. Focused on storytelling and documentary photography, she is now a photojournalist, travelling the world with the goal of taking pictures that are thought-provoking rather than merely beautiful.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
I was born and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. I became interested in art before I knew I would become photographer. I was strongly influenced by my parents, who are art dealers. When I was 15 I got my first camera. From this moment on it is my constant companion. Today my focus is on authentically visual storytelling and documentary photography. Since 2018, right after school, I study documentary photography and photojournalism in Munich. My passion has turned into my profession.
Do you have a favourite quote/lyric/saying that especially resonates with you?
"Rien d’impossible" Nothing is impossible. You can achieve almost everything, you just need to try it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere. In the streets, in art, in the newspaper. Travelling, nature, people are my greatest source of inspiration. Paintings teach me how to compose images.
Do you have a favourite place to shoot in?
No, not really. I think you can find in every place interesting stories to tell.
What happens when you walk the streets with your camera? Do people respond positively to you, or do you sometimes get negative reactions? If yes, how do you handle it?
Fortunately, I never was confronted with negative reactions. I tend to be a very discreet and patient person.
In general, what do you want to express through your photography? And what are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?
There is a story behind every single picture.
Do you have any favourite artists/photographers?
Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? What camera do you use? Do you have a preferred lens/focal length?
It is not all about equipment. Its mainly about observation and the sense of the "decisive moment". Vision is in mind, equipment helps to capture the vision you had for that shot. The most important tools are my eyes, not the camera.
When you go out on the streets, do you have a concept in mind of what you want to shoot, or do you let the images just "come to you", or is it both?
I always go out with my camera. I do not really have an concept in mind. I am open minded and I like to be surprised.
Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
I grew up in a family of art dealers. That was my door opener for the world of art, for which I am very grateful!
What are some of your goals as an artist? Where do you see yourself or hope to see yourself in five years?
My primary goal as an photographer is to tell stories and to share them. I do not intend to make “beautiful“ pictures. My pictures should be thought-provoking.
In five years I wish to be a well-known international photojournalist and to reach a wide range of people with my photos.
Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
I am working on several long term projects. Let yourself be surprised and stay tuned.
“When I am not out photographing, I (like to)...
...I love to learn foreign languages and travel around the world discovering new cultures. When I am home in Germany I love being in the Alps and going hunting."
Thanks for listing me as a 2021 photographer. I feel very honoured.
The pleasure is ours, Sophie!
All photos © Sophie Linckersorff
Sophie has also shared a set of images from Pripyat, Chernobyl, which we have published as a story "Exclusion Zone" right here on the website.