Friederike Paetzold | Photography

Friederike's love of photography started behind an easel. She originally studied to be a painter, earning a BA in Painting at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her search for inspiration made her wander the globe: art history studies at the Universities of Munich and (then East) Berlin, an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, work in an Austrian gallery in Manhattan, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and landscape painting for a year in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Friederike brought her camera everywhere as a way to record subjects for the canvas, but came to realize that a photographed image could be as compelling as a painted one. So she put down her brushes and moved behind the viewfinder, and found that the new digital tools were almost limitless in their creative flexibility. Her beginnings as a painter will always influence her photography though, whether it's a strong line or a poetic moment that inspires her to click the shutter.

Friederike lives and works in downtown New York City, and her photos have appeared in publications such as Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Imbibe, Luxury Travel & Golf, Caribbean Travel & Life, Dream Homes International, Anguilla Life and Cigar Aficionado. She is currently working on a large commission for Oman's Ministry of Tourism.

See Friederike's other projects:
Wine-related photography and design:
General web and print design: