Which of my photographs is my favorite? – The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

(Imogen Cunningham)

Chris Schmetz

Thirst for adventure, curiosity and fun are my motives. I am curious about new countries, new people and new impressions. My goal is to capture experiences and encounters lively and at the same time respectfully.

With my reports and especially with my pictures I would like to build bridges. Often, apparent differences are ultimately just of little importance. A hearty laugh and mutual interest are universal.

In my work, a look behind the scenes is important for me. This look does not necessarily have to be directed into the distance. Even everyday occurrences are exciting and seemingly ugly objects and situations also have beautiful aspects. Patience, creativity, openness and careful observation reveal undiscovered worlds and meanings. A step off of the beaten path opens up completely new perspectives.

And who knows, maybe that is where the perfect picture of tomorrow is just waiting?


Albania, Andorra, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia , Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Vietnam


since November 2010 / TERRA TECH Förderprojekte e. V. / Marburg
Public Relations

October 2010 – June 2013 / Philipps-Universität Marburg
Degree: Master of Arts / Cultural & Social Anthropology / June 2013
Topic of thesis: The return of Sami handicraft. Conceptualizing a user guide for making
Kola Sami handicraft from an anthropological perspective.
Study abroad: September 2011 – May 2012 / University of Lapland / Finland

February 2010 – August 2010 / Aktion Deutschland Hilft / Bonn
Internship in the department of communications and public relations

July 2009 – Dezember 2009 / Imagine Media International Limited / Trinidad and Tobago
editorial and technical management of E-Zone the Mag! / training of co-workers in desktop publishing

September 2005 – July 2009 / Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen
Degree: Bachelor of Arts / Journalism and Public Relations / July 2009
Topic of thesis: Let’s entertain the Caribbean again! An effort to relaunch “E-Zone the Mag!”
in an increasingly competitive market.
Internship abroad: September 2006 – April 2007 / E-Zone Entertainment Limited / Trinidad and Tobago

August 2003 – January 2006 / Druckstudio GmbH / Düsseldorf
Apprenticeship: digital media designer / completed: January 2006 / Chamber of Industry and Commerce

March – April 2016 / Landratsamt / Marburg
Exhibition: Linsensalat – a photographic exhibition of the photo society “blaue Linse”

July – Decembre 2015 / Institute for Culture & Social Anthropology / Marburg
Exhibition: As guest. – Around the world.

Juli/August 2014 / Waggonhalle / Marburg
Exhibition: As guest. – Around the world.

October 2013 / DiaForum / Marburg
Presentation: Haiti – the sad smile of Hispaniola/ 31.10.2012

December 2012 / DiaForum / Marburg
Presentation: Kola-Peninsula – people and reindeer of Lovozero / 13.12.2012

August 2012 / Terra Tech Festival / Marburg
Exhibition: travel photography of the last 6 years / 04.08.2012

February – March 2016 / Russia
Report Kola-Peninsula – Reindeer herding & tourism

February – March 2013 / Russia
Fieldwork Kola-Peninsula – Kola Sami handicraft

August – September 2012 / Georgia
Summer school – Caucasus, Conflict, Culture II: Transgressing Conflicts from Below:
Interethnic Contacts in Border Villages in the Southern Caucasus

March- April 2012 / Russia
Fieldwork Kola-Peninsula – cultural and socio-economic village life in and around Lovozero

March – April 2011 / Russia & Latvia
University expeditions – musical anthropology: a comparison of Latvian Daïnas and karelian Kalevala

February – March 2011 / Botswana & South Afrika
University expedition – conception & realization of the exhibition “change of village life in Kanye”
/ research on living situations of different social groups in Francistown


Welcome to my workroom

In June 2019 I moved into my own workroom in Marburg. You will find me centrally located at Kappesgasse 2 in Weidenhausen.
A warm welcome!

„Café de Paris“  In dieser netten Atmosphäre können künstlerische Belange noch gemütlicher besprochen werden.

“Café de Paris”

In a relaxed athmosphere artistic topics can be discussed even better.



A room to display different artworks and techniques. Come closer and get your own impression!



Of course you can carry my artworks home. Here you find a collection of smaler pieces.