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"The camera ist an instrument that teaches people
how to see without a camera."
Susanne studied communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich from 1987 to '91.
As her diploma thesis, she wrote and drew a children's book, which was promptly published by Coppenrath Verlag and even made it onto the program preview.
This was followed by a few semesters of philosophy and ethnology, but since her first two daughters had already been born by this time, she attended far fewer lectures than she would like to recount here.
Because drawing was more compatible with children than lectures, Susanne first started a career as a children's book illustrator.
Within the next ten years, she illustrated over 120 children's books for almost all the major German children's book publishers.
In 2004, when she finally felt she had drawn enough, she switched to photography.
Since then, several more (photographed) non-fiction books, over 1000 different portraits of well-known and unknown personalities, as well as countless reportages for publishers, agencies and large companies have been created...
Life, death, birth and age is Susanne's special focus in all her work.
Since 2014, she has also been working again as an illustrator, but only for freelance art projects.
Susanne likes the music of Max Richter, the way Friedrich Gulda strikes the keys and the voices of Siri Gjære, Otto Sander and David Bowie.
She admires the architecture of Francis Kéré, the paintings of Sebastiao Salgado,
the texts of Jean Liedloff, the language of Hermann Hesse and the glass works of Bongchull Shin.
She loves (still does) watching her daughters sleep and cutting her husband's hair.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, culture section:"Susanne Krauss manages in a very short time to build trust and make a portrait not only a reflection of the person, but an intimate moment with the camera. How does she manage that? Perhaps because Krauss treats all "objects" with the same unbiased respect - famous musicians as well as the "bad boys" from the Hamburg neighborhood."
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