Fading Flamingos(2018-2019)

Largely unnoticed by the world public, a major environmental disaster is taking place in Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. Where ten years ago the waves splashed against the walls of the villages, today you see an almost endless desert. Ships that once brought people from one side of the lake to the other now lie like stranded whales on the shore, decaying.
Salt winds from the desert are spreading further and further over the residents’s fields, causing the crops to dry up. Robbed of their livelihoods, the residents are fleeing to the surrounding towns, and the villages around the lake are dying out.
Lake Urmia was once the second largest salt lake in the world, ten times bigger than Lake Constance in Germany. However, within a few years, the surface area of the lake has shrunk by 80 percent. Both climate change and the agriculture sector’s enormously high water consumption rates are responsible for this.

If this disaster is not stopped, up to five million residents could be forced to leave the area in the future.


Maximilian Mann, born 1992, is a German photographer. He holds a BA in photography from the 'University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund’.
Max is a documentary and portrait photographer who focuses on stories about society, social and ecological changes.
He is a founding member of DOCKS collective.

Based in Dortmund and Kassel (Germany) and available for assignments national and international.

+49 157 70268645


Publications (selected):

DIE ZEIT, Stern, Spiegel, Zeit Online, Bloomberg, L'Espresso, TAZ, 11 Freunde, chrismon, WePresent (WeTransfer), WDR, P3 Publico, NPR - National Public Radio, Lufthansa Woman World Magazin, Topos magazin, br.de, Photonews, Pellicola Magazin, Huck Magazine, Nido, Ostpol-Magazin, Voltaire Magazine, Further - Fotobus, KULTURAUSTAUSCH–Zeitschrift für internationale Perspektiven, emerge–Magazin für jungen Fototjournalismus, FOTOGRAFPHIE, FotoRoom, BFF-Förderpreis Magazin, EssPress, ProfiFoto, Fotomagazin

Awards & Mentions (selected):

︎World Press Photo Award, 2nd Prize Category Environment Stories
︎FUTURES Talent 2020, Triennale der Fotografie Hamburg
︎follow up - Grant, Freundeskreis der Photographie
︎Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Environment category (shortlist) 
︎Joop Swart Masterclass (nominee)
︎Kunststiftung NRW, Grand
︎Bartur Photoaward - Winner Judges Choice Student 
︎Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (1st prize)
︎VG Bild­kunst Sti­pen­dium, Grant

︎IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, (2nd Place Winner)
︎College Photographer of the Year (silver) - Documentary Category
︎Felix Schoeller Emerging Photographer Award 2019 (winner)
︎BFF Förderpreis (award winner)
︎W. Eugene Smith Student Grant (nominated)
︎Voies OFF Award (nominated)
︎Kolga Award, best single picture (shortlisted)
︎selected for New York Times Portfolio Reviews
︎Kolga Award, best single picture (shortlisted)

︎selec­ted for Canon Mas­ter­class, Visa pour l’image, Per­pi­gnan

︎Felix Scho­el­ler Photo Award 2017, Best Emer­ging Pho­to­gra­pher (nominated)
︎Kolga Award 2017, best reportage (shortlited)
︎Kolga Award 2017, New­co­mer Award (finalist) 
︎LuganoPhotoDays, mobile contest (nominated)

Exhibitions and screenings (selected):

︎World Press Photo ´20, Willy Brandt Haus Berlin
︎Vor Ort // Lumix Festival, Landesvertretung Niedersachen, Berlin 
︎SELECTED WORKS: LUMIX FESTIVAL für jungen Bildjournalismus, f3 Galerie Berlin
︎Lumix Festival (Hanover)
︎World Press Photo ´20, De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
︎Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London
︎“Feature Shoot”, Aperture Gallery New York

︎“wandering home”, group exhibition, Hochschule Darmstadt
︎“INCONDITION“ group exhibition, Fotofestival f2, Dortmund
︎“Les rencontres de la photographie”, screening, Marrakech
︎Winners & Nominees - Felix Schoeller Award, Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Osnabrück
︎“Der neue BFF Förderpreis” group exhibition, Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe
︎“DOCKS-encounters”, group exhibition, Künstlerhaus Dortmund,
︎ ”wandering home“, group exhibition with Goethe Institut Amman
︎“Fading Flamignos”, screening, Rencontres d’Arles
︎“identity courage love”, group Exhibition, Düsseldorf Photoweekend
︎“re:vue”, l’atelier cinq, Arles,
︎“Two cities Project“, group exhibition, Tehran,
︎“Der neue BFF Förderpreis”, group exhibition, Umweltfotofestival Horizonte Zingst

︎“Odessa/Batumi Photo Days – Territory and Space”, Museum of Modern Art Batumi,

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