Thomas Hackenberg was born in 1963 and lives in the German city of Braunschweig. With first strong influences going back to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and German photojournalist Thomas Hoepker, he loves roaming the streets, trying to find something special in the ordinary that might only exist for a split second before it’s gone forever. His work has been featured in periodicals and on various digital platforms and hubs and has also received awards in international street photo festivals and competitions.
“For me, a good street picture must have some thought-provoking note beyond being merely decorative, some humorous or quirky details, some kind of storyline: telling an unstaged, candid story from the big theater of life. I like pictures that pose questions rather than provide answers.”
Features & Publications
2021 Featured photographer in the book “URBAN unveils the City and its Secrets – Vol. 07“.
2021 Featured photographer and interview – the pictorial list.
2021 New York City Street Photo Collective. Featured guest photographer in ONLY IN NEW YORK CITY blog.
2021 Featured as one of the ten Best Modern Photographers of February 2021, ALL ABOUT PHOTO.COM.
2021 ALL ABOUT PHOTO MAGAZINE #15 “STREETS”. “Candid street humor” series featured on four double spreads (pages 36-43).
2021 Featured photographer by ALL ABOUT PHOTO.COM.
2021 Featured with all other All About Photo winners in “Die Kunst des perfekten Moments” (The art of the right moment) in German ZEIT online magazine.
2020 Weekly UP Photographers interview by invitation of Melissa O’Shaughnessy.
2020 “What I Like in a Photo: a Selection of the Winners and Finalists from the Miami Street Photography Festival.” By Julie Hrudová, founder of StreetRepeat.
2020 “Candid street humor” series featured by EYESHOT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY.
2020 “Pictures of Peaceful Protest in Braunschweig, Germany” series featured by STREET SWEEPER MAGAZINE.
2020 Featured photographer by STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION.
2019 Weekend Special featuring my street photography in BRAUNSCHWEIGER ZEITUNG.
2019 BRAUNSCHWEIGER ZEITUNG featuring my street photography in an online article: “Foto-Pointen von der Straße – aus Braunschweig oder New York”.
2015 Book project “111 Orte im Braunschweiger Land, die man gesehen haben muss” (111 places in the Greater Braunschweig area that you should not miss). Contribution of 60 photos.
2015 Photos documenting the activities of Braunschweig’s population demonstrating against local ‘Bragida’ group (local branch of Pegida group) published in Braunschweiger Zeitung in the course of 2015. Many pictures on this website.
2014 Featured photographer in LEICA User Forum Book 2014. Page 68, “Dunes and beach baskets short before sunset”. Blurb ebook.
2021 GOTHENBURG STREET PHOTO FESTIVAL, Sweden. Part of the exhibition of all nominated finalist pictures.
2021 GERMAN STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS’ meeting in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. “Guerilla-type” exhibition on a tunnel wall by the Main river. Passers-by were invited to take along a picture for free.
2021 MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2020. Part of the exhibition of all nominated finalist pictures exhibited in Milan, Italy (during “Street Photo Milano” collaborative event).
2021 FUJIFILM MOMENT STREET PHOTO AWARDS 2020. 3rd prize winner and part of the exhibition. Center for the Promotion of Culture “Gaude Mater”, Częstochowa, Poland.
2020 MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2020. Part of the exhibition of all nominated finalist pictures. Street projections in Miami, USA.
2017 HEIMATLIEBE, Braunschweig, Germany. Part of exhibition of all nominated finalist pictures by local ALLIANZ FÜR DIE REGION.
2021 Finalist, LensCulture STREET Photography Awards 2021.
2021 Editors’ Choice, TDM Awards 2021 of The Decisive Moments Magazine.
2021 Finalist, GOTHENBURG STREET PHOTO FESTIVAL, Sweden, 2021.
2021 Finalist, URBAN PHOTO AWARDS 2021. Italy.
2021 Finalist, SINGLE PHOTO EXHIBITION, ITALIAN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2021. Rome, Italy.
2021 Merit Award, ALL ABOUT PHOTO.COM, AAP MAGAZINE #15.
2020 Finalist, SINGLES CATEGORY, MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2020. Miami, USA.
2020 3rd Prize Winner, FUJIFILM MOMENT STREET PHOTO AWARDS 2020. Częstochowa, Poland.
2020 Finalist, SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH CONTEST, LONDON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2020. London, UK.
2020 Finalist, SIENA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS 2020. Siena, Italy.
2017 Finalist, “Streets of San Francisco” category, STREETFOTO SAN FRANCISCO 2017. San Francisco, USA.
2017 Finalist, HEIMATLIEBE (see page 7) photo competition by local ALLIANZ FÜR DIE REGION. Braunschweig, Germany.