Peggy Stahnke, born in 1988, completing her training as a photographer in Hamburg after graduating from high school. From 2012 to 2017, she studied communication design (B.A.&M.A.) at the Muthesius Art School, Kiel, in the photography department. After completing her master‘s degree in 2017, she was awarded the Muthesius project scholarship for furthering her qualifications for the works, up close, for two years.
In 2019, her first photo book was published. From 2018-2020, she received a studio scholarship in Kiel. In 2020, Stahnke received a work scholarship from the Schleswig-Holstein Cultural Foundation.
The work About Body was awarded first place in the 5th Photo Reflections Exhibition for Photography in Schleswig-Holstein. The series embodiment of pain received the audience award of the Muthesius Prize.
Since 2014, she has participated in exhibitions all over Germany. The first international exhibition participation took place in 2018 at the Les Rencontres de la photographic in Arles.
Peggy's work focuses on people and their individuality as the main subject of her photography. Peggy Stahnke lives and works in Kiel, Germany.
In my work I look at how different life can be and in what shapes it appears. I question pictures of body ideals. In my eyes, true beauty lies within the fracture of the seemingly perfect. I want to explore those fractures. The vulnerability they present appears as the most significant human element to me. The analogue photo series »Marita« shows an intimate representation of the topic of breast cancer concerning a single person and my view as a photographer. We met again and again us and got to know each other. With photography I preserve the shared experiences on film my camera. In my work, I discuss the disease as a state of life. Something that is a part of life. I am not only looking at a story of suffering, but also at the story of overcoming and accepting infirmity. It also means pride, thanks, sorrow, but also confidence. »Marita« doesn´t only represent one individuals suffering, but the destiny of a broad group of women. Women who have breast cancer no longer comply with the ideal condition defined by society. My work attacks the idea of physical perfection as the goal for human beings. Basically, the disease itself points at the inaccessibility of perfection. The amputation shows an inadequacy caused by social Conventions emerge. The sickness becomes a lable one can not shake off. The affected women differ from the social norm. The series »Marita« makes the challenge clearly to meet an expectation. We all have a body that is very individual. Everyone has their own characters, their own traces, their own story. We all unite the transience of human bodies with one another