was born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 1983 and grew up in Espelkamp in the north-east of North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany. She completed her degree in artistic photography in 2015 at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin.
Ira Thiessen is a photographer with a background in art and documentary photography and is pursuing further photography projects in the Post-Soviet states. Her work has been featured in the guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, fluter, The Calvert Journal and in many other magazines. She currently lives and works in Berlin.