Visual Artist / Filmmaker / Photographer
in Berlin + 日本

13/04/2021 - London / Tokyo        -        British Journal of Photography & Palm Photo Prize 2021, Shortlisted

“Dotter’s project focuses on the details within the everyday rituals of the ama: female free divers preserving the ancient art of sea foraging. Dotter was able to make contact with the Nakagawas, an ama family based in Toba, Mie Prefecture. They invited him to stay at their home for a fortnight, to photograph mother anddaughter, Shizuka and Sanae, and their daily rituals passed down through generations of divers. “They offered me a glimpse into this tradition,” says Dotter, whose work focuses on the details of their daily rituals: the dainty metal attachments of their diving masks, a pair of feet moments before disappearing beneath the surface of the water, and a wooden barrel bobbing over its ripples.

“What draws me towards the tradition is the fact that it’s fading away, and I want to preserve it somehow,” says Dotter. “This is what also draws me so much to documentary photography… Some things don’t last forever. But we can make it last a little while longer with the work that we do.”

Link to article. BJP.

by Marigold Warner

11/04/2021 - Berlin / Tokyo        -        Whitelies Magazine - 009 PERMANENCE

Hereby I am humbly announcing the release of our latest issue exploring the theme of ‘Permanence’ on the 3rd of May. Our most heartfelt issue yet on which we worked throughout the last year.

As the magazine has progressed through the past 9 years, with different shifts of focus, we strongly feel that with this issue we are finally able to show our readers our essence and path forward into the future. Positioned as an inter-cultural bridge between the Asia-Pacific and what we perceive as the west, we dedicated this issue to some of the brightest artists working in Japan and also went in-depth with those creatives that are strongly connected to the East. It is an honor to take you on this trip, during a time where journeys are scarce. While most of the world looks at what is currently changing in this global whirlwind of events, we are focusing on what stays - on what is permanent. Our cultural hunger for exploring new worlds and connecting them to our own is something universal that, I should like to imagine, will continue to endure.

01/02/2021 - Athens        -        Tiger of Sweden SS 2021 Global Campaign

Stefan shot the global campaign for Tiger of Sweden SS2021 in Athens with Viviane Hausstein.

01/02/2021 - Berlin        -        Image Licensing now via Connected Archives

A vast selection of Dotter’s work is now available for licensing via Connected Archives. It is an international collective of like-minded photographers ranging from upcoming talents to established and award-winning artists. Working within the realms of portrait, documentary, fashion, and fine-art photography, our pictures live on the pages of renowned newspapers and magazines. With our poetic and personal approach to photography, our visual language speaks to both commercial and artistic purposes. Click here.

30/11/2020 - Rotterdam        -        Life Framer Award

2nd prize at the latest Life Framer award judged by legendary photographer & filmmaker Alex Prager. This photograph is from a recent documentary I shot around Toba, Mie Prefecture, focusing on the Ama divers.The wonderful smiling ladies are Saki Satonaka and Masayo Uemura, photographed in late march this year.

“I love the raw emotion that emits from this image and the pure joy I feel looking it. The humanity seeps through in every detail and choice, compositionally and through the use of color (and lack there of). I was drawn to the expansiveness of the image as well as its simplicity.” – Alex Prager

The selected works will be shown in a travelling exhibition:

Contour Gallery, Rotterdam                 29/11 - 19/12/2020
&co119, Paris                                     28/01 - 20/02/2021
Officine Fotografiche                           25/03 - 13/04/2021   

ありがとうほんとに !

30/11/2020 - Uganda        -        ATMOS Magazine - Canaries in the Goldmines

A recent gold boom in Uganda has some of the country’s most vulnerable men, women, and even children scrambling to benefit—and at great personal risk. But Earthbeat, an unlikely nonprofit, is helping them create alternatives.

Read the article here.

10/06/2020 - London        -        The Earth Issue Freedom Fundraiser

100% of proceeds after printing and shipping will be split amongst the organizations on Bail Funds: George Floyd and the 4Front Project. All initial US donations will be directed to Black Lives Matter via the Bails Funds platform. However, The Earth Issue will continuously monitor the landscape of organisations needing funds, adjusting to whom we donate every 3 days based on needs and recommendations from frontliners in the civil rights struggle.

The Freedom Fundraiser print sale will be held for 30 days. Funds will be paid out to the organisations every three days. Prints will be sold for £100 including shipping. 100% of proceeds after printing and shipping will be donated.  All prints for sale on this website are subject to copyright.

20/05/2020 - Copenhagen        -        Pictures without Borders

Pictures Without Borders is photographers from all over the world, across genres, raising awareness towards the current global crisis and raising funds to support countries and regions most affected. MSF has a global response to the pandemic and the consequences of the global lockdown that causes limited acces to general medicin, medical aid, healthcare and food in countries and regions most affected. To read more about MSF's global response please visit

All prints cost 100€ and are in editions of 50. When buying a print for 100€, a donation of 70€ will be made directly to MSF in your name. The remaining 30€ is held for printing and packaging cost, all proceeds from the print and packaging cost will be donated to MSF. This fundraiser is registered with The Danish Fundraiser board.

16/04/2020 - Berlin      -      LeaveNoOneBehind 10x20

To prevail through the Corona-crisis we need to focus on solidarity. As many events in our current system, the effects of this Virus will hit the ones hardest,
who already have a hard time. There are so many points to which we can direct our attention - supporting the homeless, financing caregiver organisations
to ensure the survival of our older generation or helping victims of domestic violence.

For this print-sale we decided to support the “Seenotrettung” who are helping people at our external borders. Refugee camps like “Moria” on Lesbos are racing
towards a catastrophy. Social distancing or Quarantine is not possible if you live in a camp with 20.000 people, which is only layed out for 3.000. Once again
the small initiatives are left alone by the EU, but we can make a change.

To support this project we are selling limited edition c-prints in an edition of 20 each with 50% of the proceeds go directly to “Stiftungsfond Zivile Seenotrettung”
For more information see

With your donation you support organisations at the external border, which are supporting refugees. The donations are directly donated to the “Stiftungsfond Zivile Seenotrettung”.
Projects that support refugees on site can apply for funds unbureaucratically. This ensures that the donations arrive quickly and directly where they are needed.

Each print is 60€ + 5€ Shipping

CLOSED _ We are happy to have raised more than 1.500,00 € for Stiftungsfond Zivile Seenotrettung

© Stefan Dotter, 2021