Birthe Piontek (b.1976) is a fine art photographer based in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Originally from Germany, she moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography.
Birthe describes her photography as an exploration of the individual. She is interested in the process of individuation. How do people find their own identity? What shapes them, how are they influenced by the world around them?
Her work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany.
In 2008, she was named one of Photo District News Magazine’s PDN 30 artists, and has been a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize in Photography. Her project The Idea of North won the Critical Mass Book Award 2009, and was published as a monograph in 2011.
Birthe’s work has appeared in a number of international publications like The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Wired and The New Yorker among others.
She is represented by Charles Guice Contemporary in New York City and Kominek Gallery in Berlin.
Birthe is a member of the POC project.