Photography is more than just a surface. For example, it can be a reference, an aesthetic object, or a kind of window into another world.


Photography includes collecting, viewing, analyzing, posing, designing, pressing the trigger, editing, and much more. The analysis of these aspects can help to better understand our culture and how we live together. In addition, photography in its various facets can also be used therapeutically to enhance well-being and to facilitate communication and integration.

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In front of the camera

Using existing pictures

In front of the camera

Staged photographs can help to express emotions, to work on identity and to try new things. Shared creativity can also strengthen communication skills and well-being.

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Behind the camera

Using existing pictures

In front of the camera

Taking pictures helps to find new perspectives and to practice mindfulness and creativity. The medium of photography is particularly suitable for this, because creativity is given a frame by its reference to reality and thus promotes problem-solving thinking. 

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Using existing pictures

Using existing pictures

Using existing pictures

The analysis of images from one's own past and more generally, of photographs that mean something to the client, can provide information about central motifs / motivations, self-perceptions and perceptions of others.

Services

Individual Sessions

We are happy to offer you individual photopsychological sessions. The emphasis can be placed on different aspects such as identity, communication or creativity. Individual sessions are currently possible in our studios in Germany and India, as well as via Skype. We recommend booking several sessions. 

Workshops

Our workshops are aimed at both photo artists and people from the field of psychological counselling, and are suitable for up to 15 people. We present different objectives and methods. 

Research

There is still a lot to be researched in the field of photopsychology, e.g.: the effects of different types of photography on the individual psyche and the cultural context, other concrete fields of application of photography and modeling in the service of psychological well-being, the connection between cultural identity, photography, and integration, the motivation to embody certain characters, and much more. In this sense, we conduct participant observations, interviews, and surveys.

Languages

We offer our services in English, German, Hindi, and Cantonese. 

Selected Books & Articles

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  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2018. Therapie vor der Kamera. Münster: Waxmann
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2019. Staged Authenticity. How the   „Real“ is created in model photography. Visual Ethnography, 9, 1
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2019. Der "Orient" in der inszenierten Portraitfotografie. Pop-Zeitschrift. Pop. Kultur und Kritik.
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2019. Identity without Similarity: The Relation between the Individual and her Picture. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 10, 2
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2019. The Camera, My Therapist. Cyborgology.  
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. & M. Schönhuth. 2020. Partizipation und Repräsentation. in:  Partizipation und Nachhaltige Entwicklung, hrsg. v. M. Schönhuth & M.T. Jerrentrup. Wiesbaden: Springer, 203-212.
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2020. The Lady with Horns. Exposure Magazine. Society for Photographic Education. 53, 1 
  • Jerrentrup, M.T. 2020. Kein Fokus auf das Foto. Fotografieren als Aktivität. Kultur@Gesellschaft. 



Gallery

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"On my mind"

  

The visualization of thoughts and feelings can perform various tasks, including a certain rationalization / conceptualization, which can form the basis for further communication. Here we created photo collages together using overlay techniques.

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"Beauty in shadows"

A photograph mostly involves an aestheticization, in which, for example, something scary, unspeakable is converted into a limited number of pixels. That way it can lose its terror.

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"Street Geometry"

Photography and travel are permanent partners. Even if this relationship has been criticized a lot, photography can help you to make contacts while traveling, to give yourself a focus and later to sort the impressions. The picture and the associated series were taken during an excursion with students to Rishikesh.

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"Body as Canvas"

Posing in front of the camera is a big challenge for many. With costumes you can try new identities or live out your own identity. Body painting goes one step further: the body itself becomes a work of art and is overcome. 

About us

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Maja Jerrentrup

Wing Sum Diana Chan

Wing Sum Diana Chan

Maja works as associate professor for media and photography at Ajeenkya DY Patil University, Pune. Further, she is a visiting fellow at Indian Institute of Photography and has a photostudio in Königswinter, Germany. 

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Wing Sum Diana Chan

Wing Sum Diana Chan

Wing Sum Diana Chan

Diana has studied design in Australia and is a well-known bodypainting artist. She is currently focusing on the connections between mental health and body painting, as well as the history of body painting.

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Manish Sehrawat

Wing Sum Diana Chan

Manish Sehrawat

Manish works in the field of visual literacy and culture. He is currently working on his P.h.D. and is also a lecturer at the Indian Institute of Photography.

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Christina Kania

Christina Kania

Manish Sehrawat

Christina is a designer who specializes in creating meaningful arrangements. Further, she works as a photographer.

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IIP

Christina Kania

ADYPU

Photopsychology.org cooperates with the Indian Institute of Photography.

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ADYPU

Photopsychology.org is powered by Ajeenkya DY Patil University.

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