Maria Litwa is a German freelance photographer and filmmaker with Polish roots. She was born in 1982. Currently she is based in Cologne and is represented by the photo agency laif.
She is particularly interested in issues concerning migration and its psychological impact on people. Through her work she is raising questions about the complex correlation of place and identity. Beyond her self-initiated projects she works for various editorial and corporate clients and NGOs, mainly doing portraiture and reportage assignments. She has worked in Iraq, Bangladesh, Israel, Palestine, Yemen, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Maria Litwa's work has been exhibited internationally at noted art and photography festivals such as The New York Photo Awards, The Delhi Photo Festival, Berlin Fotofestival - The Browse, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie and The International Festival Sarajevo Winter, amongst others.
In 2013 her short film 'Inside Geneva Camp' was broadcasted on German TV and featured in the online magazine of The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos.
She studied photography and communication design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, FH Dortmund, and graduated in 2011. She expanded her visual storytelling skills into film editing, video post production and motion design at the Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica.
She speaks German, English, Polish, Spanish and is getting by in French.