Merlin Nadj-Torma studied photography at the University of Applied Arts in Hanover, Germany before moving to Berlin and working as a freelance photographer there producing photostories and audio-slideshows.
Being the daughter of Hungarian migrants from Vojvodina in Northern Serbia, a region which is noted for its ethnical diversity, she grew up with three languages being spoken at home. This raised her interest in identity and ethnicity at an early age. Thematically she is interested in human rights issues, migration, ethnically mixed areas and the resulting conflicts.
In 2015 she received the ZEITmagazin Fotopreis for „Here is every thing as 22 stars :-)“ a project about an illegal camp close to the Serbian-Hungarian border where irregular migrants are gathering at the gate to the European Union. The work is featured in the PAST IS NOW -Exhibition by FOTODOKS Festival and is touring the countries of Former Yugoslavia in 2016 and 2017. Her bookdummy „Here is every thing as 22 stars :-)“ has been shortlisted for the Kassel Photobook Dummy Award in 2014. She is a recipient of the VG Bildkunst Fellowship for a project on Biblical Sites she is currently working on.
Together with Radio-Journalist Dirk Auer she regularly produces audio-slideshows. Currently she is based between Subotica, Serbia and Berlin, Germany and is available for assignments worldwide.

German (native)
English (fluent)
Hungarian (fluent)
Serbian (good)
French (basic)
Italian (basic)

Caritas International, Jugend Hilft!, Schüler helfen Leben, Engagement Global, Renovabis, Asylum Seekers Protection Center (APC), Anne Frank Zentrum, Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Bundesfreiwilligendienst, Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, Kreuzberger Musikalische Aktion, Regus, Berlin Recycling, Nh Hotels, Osram, Bombardier, Opelpost, Hebbel Theater Berlin, Invisible Playground, Matthaei und Konsorten, Street One, Avacon

Amnesty Journal, ZEITmagazin, De Groene Amsterdammer, Le Monde Diplomatique (Croatian issue), Ostpol, Reader´s Digest, TAZ, FAZ, Kompakt der IGBCE, Bauwelt, Theater der Zeit, Fluter.de, Kunth Verlag

2015 – ZEITmagazin Fotopreis
2014 – Shortlisted for Kassel Photobook Dummy Award
2013 – Selected as participant at ISSP in Latvia
2012 – Invited to the GIZ Photoworkshop in Kosovo
2009 – VG Bildkunst Grant

2016 – Past is Now, Kulturni Centar Beograda, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 – Past is Now, POLIGON, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016 – Past is Now, Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 – Past is Now, Crnogorska galerija umetnosti „Miodrag Dado Đurić“, Cetinje, Montenegro
2016 – Mixtape, Riga Photomonth, K.K. fon Stricka villa, Riga, Latvia
2016 – Past is Now, Gradska Galeria, Akademija Trebinje, Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016 – ISSP Masterclass exhibition, Kuldiga, Latvia
2016 – Past is Now, Museum Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016 – Past is Now, Balkan Photo Festival/Umjetnička galerija Bosne i Hercegovine, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2015 – Past is Now, Fotodoks Festival/Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
2015 – Augenblick mal!, Statthaus Boecklerpark, Berlin, Germany
2015 – ISSP Masterclass exhibition, Kuldiga, Latvia
2014 – Kasseler Buchdummy Award touring in Athens, Cologne, Dublin, Istanbul, Madrid, Milano, Oslo, Paris and Rome.
2014 – Here is every thing as 22 stars :-), BlowUp! Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2014 – Here is every thing as 22 stars :-), BlowUp! at Unbox Festival, IGNCA, New Dehli, India
2013 – Future Developers-Kosovo, GIZ headquarters, Berlin, Germany
2013 – Here is every thing as 22 stars :-), bookdummy, Kuldiga, Latvia
2013 – Future Developers-Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo
2013 – Here is every thing as 22 stars :-), bookdummy, Riga, Latvia
2013 – Promised Land, Artget Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2013 – Future Developers-Kosovo, State Museum (LVR-Landesmuseum), Bonn, Germany
2012 – Promised Land, Gallery Nea Pangea, Belgrade, Serbia
2012 – Promised Land, Bursa Photofestival, Bursa, Turkey
2008 – Where cats are chasing dogs, Adler & Soehne, Berlin
2007 – Where cats are chasing dogs, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover, Germany
2005 – Reportages, Galerie im Keller, Hanover, Germany
2003 – Europameister, Town Hall, Hanover, Germany
2003 – Europameister, off-festival “visa pour l´image”, Perpignan, France
2003 – Europameister, djv-Bildjournalistenkongress, Dortmund, Germany
2002 – András Rekecki, festival “Schoemberger Fotoherbst”, Schoemberg, Germany
2001 – Hangover – Bilder einer unterschätzten Stadt, Gallery Kubus, Hanover and University Hiroshima, Japan
2000 – Der Blick nach Berlin, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover, Germany
2000 – Vier Mal Neu, objects/installation, Kunstraum Zehn, Hanover, Germany