The agency is called OSTKREUZ. Ostkreuz is the name of a busy interchange rail station
in Berlin whose forms recalls a compass rose as rail lines from various directions merge together.
In autumn 1990, seven men and women who were some of the GDR’s most significant photographers,
got together and established this photographer’s agency. ‘Ostkreuz’ sought to describe a location,
the East, where a country had yet ceased to exist but also referred to a point, an intersection
from which one can set out in any direction.

Today, Ostkreuz is the most successful photographers’ run agency in Germany with 22 photographers.
Almost all of them have been distinguished with national and international prizes.
They come from all regions in Germany and other European countries.
Each sees the world in their own way and thus, is interested in something else.
All photographers set out in different directions but reconvene at this point called ‘Ostkreuz’.
Ostkreuz is an approach; it means confronting and working with reality.
To detect and depict the core of things, thereby remaining sincere.
It means being genuine, nothing more, nothing less.

(Marcus Jauer)

OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen GmbH

Behaimstr. 34
13086 Berlin

fon +49(0)30. 47 37 3930
fax +49(0)30. 47 37 39 39



Christian Pankratz
Head of Agency
Beatrice Jansen
Photographer Manager
Brit Lippold
Kathrin Kohle
Exhibition Manager
Laura Benz
Project Manager

OSTKREUZ Agency Photographers

Sibylle Bergemann
Jörg Brüggemann
Espen Eichhöfer
Sibylle Fendt
Johanna-Maria Fritz
Annette Hauschild
Harald Hauswald
Heinrich Holtgreve
Tobias Kruse
Ute Mahler
Werner Mahler
Dawin Meckel
Thomas Meyer
Frank Schinski
Jordis Antonia Schlösser
Anne Schönharting
Ina Schoenenburg
Linn Schröder
Stephanie Steinkopf
Mila Teshaieva
Heinrich Völkel
Maurice Weiss
Sebastian Wells


  • VW
  • Voith
  • Scholz & Friends
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • KfW
  • muehlhausmoers corporate communications
  • neues handeln
  • Deutsche Bank


  • Goethe Institute
  • Amnesty International
  • Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
  • GIZ
  • Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
  • Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
  • Internationale Bauausstellung
  • BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
  • Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau


  • Stern
  • Der Spiegel
  • GEO
  • National Geographic
  • Time Magazine
  • Le Monde
  • L’Espresso