Katja Liebmann

*1965 in Halle an der Saale
grew up in Berlin, based in Oldenburg/Germany


Royal College of Art, London
Master of Fine Arts / Printmaking, 1997

Kunsthochschule Berlin, Berlin
Master of Fine Arts / Painting, Printmaking 1995

Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Painting 1989-91

The work of Katja Liebmann records the energy, isolation and alienation of urban life whilst maintaining a reflective, dreamlike quality. Much of her work is printed using low tech nineteenth century processes and sunlight to produce rare and timeless photographs. Besides cityscapes, landscapes are another big topic. With her background in painting, citing Rembrandt, Turner, Poussin, and Titian as inspiration, Katja describes herself as a ‘painterly soul’. On a quest for beauty and harmony, seeking order from chaos, her images are characterised by a softness and longing which she likens to German Romanticism.
Liebmanns use of the early photographic technique is not a sentimental choice however; for her it simply presents the best means to portray the ephemerality of time and existence.

Katja Liebmann first gained critical acclaim for her low-tech camera series ‘Gotham City ‘, which was acquired by the Saatchi Collection in 1998. She was nominated for the 1998 Citibank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and was awarded the DAAD scholarship in 1995.  

Exhibitions / Awards / Collections / Teaching / Talks / Texts / Publications



Gallery J. J. Heckenhauer, Munich, Germany
24 October – 30 November 2024

BLUES – Katja Liebmann at the State Museum Oldenburg
(Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kultur, Schloss, Oldenburg)
13 April – 21 July 2024

ART KARLSRUHE / Gallery – J. J. Heckenhauer, Munich
22 – 25 February 2024


ART MIAMI 2023 / HackelBury Fine Art, London
5 – 10 December 2023

Blaues in Rothspalk – KUNST HEUTE in MV
Studio 18279 – Rothspalk
23 September – 8 October 2023

PHOTOFAIRS New York – HackelBury Fine Art, London
8 – 10 September 2023, Javits Centre, New York

Galerie Dittmar
Georg Baselitz · Karl Bohrmann · Mona Breede · Enrico Della Torre · Marcel Gähler ·
Anna Gille · Sharka Hyland · Katja Liebmann · Arnulf Rainer


HackelBury Fine Art, London, (s)


PARIS PHOTOHackelBury Fine Art, London
11 – 14 November,2021, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris

HackelBury Fine Art, London
group exhibition

Galerie Dittmar, Berlin,  Solo Exhibition

PHOTO LONDON DIGITAL / HackelBury Fine Art, London

HackelBury Fine Art, London
group exhibition

Gallery Dittmar , Berlin, “Berlin . London . NewYork – retrospective 1”, (s)

HackelBury Fine Art, London, “Twenty one”
HackelBury Fine Art, London, “Early Work”, (s), PARIS PHOTO 2019 / PHOTO LONDON

HackelBury Fine Art, London, “Twenty”

Gallery Berlinicke, Wildeshausen, “Beds and Mashinery” , (s)

Westwerk, Leipzig, “The 22th Annual Artshow”
Gallery Lake, Oldenburg, “Solid Sleep” , (s)

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, “Nature”, (s)
Museum for Industrial Culture, Nuremberg
“A gram of Light”,(g), curated by Christoph Schaden

Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, “Green Art 2”

Artothek, Oldenburg, “New acquisitions”
Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, “Blue Leafs”, (s)

Bremer Landesmuseum / Pelzerhäuser Emden, “Sehnsuchtsorte II “
Gallery Herold, Bremen,  “Journey / Houses “, (s)
Art Gallery Wilhelmshaven, “Destination Wilhelmshaven”
Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, (with Goethe-Institute Novosibirsk), “Reverse”
HackelBury Fine Art, London,  “Journey / Houses” , (s)

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, “German Landscapes” , (s)
Art Society Vechta, “German Landscapes”
Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, “Bright Spots” – current positions /aesthetic experiments”
Goethe Institute Ankara, “The space between man and camera”, Artist talk and Exhibition, (s)
Novosibirsk State Art Museum, “Genius loci”,  VI. Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial ´09

Bishkek Art Center, Kirgisien, “Crossroads. Nomadic knowledge and art strategies”, (Sp. by IFA and Goethe Institute)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg,  “Truth is what connects us”,  (on the occasion of the Karl Jaspers Year 2008) , (s)

Art Society Oldenburg (Oldenburger Kunstverein), “ECHT”, work from 1993-2006 , (s)

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, “London – Bilder”

Charles Saatchi Gallery, London, “Landscapes, Part II”
HackelBury Fine Art, London, “100% Photography”
Flowers East, London, “St. James Group Photography Prize 2002”

HackelBury Fine Art, London, “Berlin 328” , (s)
Goethe Institute, London, “Berlin Ornaments” , (s)

Hasselblad Centre, Goeteborg, “Modern Times III”
Sotheby’s, London, Contemporary Art Exhibition 2000, (g)

Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery , “Inspirit”
Photographers Gallery, London, “Londinia”
The Lux Center, London, LEA Gallery, “Eyes of March”

Victoria Miro Gallery, London,“Urban Landscapes”
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Citibank Photography Prize, (today: “Deutsche Börse Photography Prize”) with Andreas Gursky, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Demand

National Portrait Gallery, London, “The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award”,
Shoreditch Town Hall, London, “Gloves Off! “

David Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, “Liquid”
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rouen, “Palimpsest Berlin”
Cityhall, 6 th arrondissement, Paris, “Palimpsest Berlin”

Awards & Scholarships

2002 Shortlisted for “St. James Group Photography Prize”
2001 “Scholarship of the Hasselblad Foundation”, Goeteborg, Sweden
1998 Shortlisted for the “Citibank Photography Prize”, London
(“Deutsche Börse Photography Prize”), London
1997 “Deloitte & Touche Prize for Excellence”, R.C.A, London
“John Purcell Paper Prize”, London
1996 “Renaissance Art Award”, Aylesbury / London
1995 “DAAD Scholarship” for London


The graphic Collection
of the Royal College of Art, London,
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London,
Charles Saatchi Collection
, London,
The Rubell Collection Miami,
LzO Art Collection, (Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg),
Collection of the Bishkek Art Centre, Kyrgyzstan,
The Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, among others.


Lecturer in / early photographic processes /
at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg.

Visiting Lecturer at:
London College of Printing, London
Royal College of Art, London
Camberwell College of Art, London
Kent Institute of Art & Design, Kent
Haccetepe University, Ankara

Talks / Interviews

Interview on the occasion of the exhibition “Dust in the Wind”, 03/2022,
Q&A between HackelBury Fine Art and Katja Liebmann

Interview by Tracy Calder: “Remembrance of Things Past”
at Black & White Photography Magazine Nr.236, December 2019

Interview by Daniel Pateman: “Katja Liebmann – Early Work”
at Photomonitor Magazine, May 2019

Talk Nigel Warburton – Katja Liebmann
at the Opening Preview of “Early Work”,
1 May 2019, at HackelBury Fine Art

Interview by Alisa Mc Whinnie: “Into the Blue”
Black & White Photography Magazine, May 2010

Goethe Institute Ankara, “The space between man and camera”,
Artist talk and solo exhibition at Goethe Institute gallery,
Artist lecture and workshop at Hacettepe-University, Ankara, March 2009


“Cyanotypes as memories” , Artdoc Magazine, 12/2021
The article features ‚Dust in The Wind‘, the work of 2020/21

Isolde Loock / Text / Private View, 15 Oktober 2010 ,
KATJA LIEBMANN „Die Fahrt / Häuser“, Gallery Herold, Bremen

Jürgen Weichardt, Foreword, Catalogue:
Katja Liebmann, “Deutsche Landschaften”, “German Landscapes”
ISBN: 3-9806903-7-7, published by Galerie Dittmar, Berlin, 2009
text by Jürgen Weichardt, transl. by Dan Loganathan

Peter Dittmar / Text Private View, 6 December 2014,
“Natur”, Photographic work by Katja Liebmann

Selected Publications

2014 A Gram of Light, Catalogue, Museum for Industrial Culture, Nuremberg
2009 Bright spots / Licht Blicke, Catalogue, Museum for Art and Art history, Oldenburg
2009 German Landscapes, Catalogue, Edition Dittmar, Berlin
2010 Destination Wilhelmshaven, Catalogue, Art Museum (Kunsthalle) Wilhelmshaven
2001 I am a Camera, Catalogue, The Saatchi Gallery, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions
1999 Modern Times III, Catalogue, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg
1998 The New Neurotic Realism, Catalogue, The Saatchi Gallery, London
1997  The Citibank Photography Prize / Deutsche Börse Photography Prize,
Catalogue, The Photographers Gallery, London