Donata Wenders

Donata Wenders is born in Berlin-Wilmersdorf in 1965. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Her parents encouraged her to explore and develop different studies in the field of the Arts from early on. Next to her interest in Philosophy and World Religions, she was always drawn to graphic design, drawing, photography and dance. After graduating from school in 1983, Donata went on to study Film and Theatre in Berlin and Stuttgart, until she decided to concentrate on the photographic image. Studies of Cinematography was her path to Photography. She started to work for various film productions all over Germany as a camera assistant for a number of years. Next to being an assistant, she shot a number of films and TV-Movies as a Cinematographer. From 1994 on she continued to work as a Photographer and found her passion. Over the years she expanded her photography from the Movie Set to the areas she studied as a young woman.

She has been syndicated internationally in: The New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire and The Rolling Stone, Der Stern, Esquire, Pen, Premiere, Chrismon, Shots Magazine, Casa Brutus, to name a few. Her photographs illustrated CD's for the likes of Bono, Jon Hassell, Sam Phillips, BAP, Zweiraumwohnung and Die Toten Hosen.

Selected Exhibitions


Liberté, Egalité, Feminité. Marc Riboud und Donata Wenders, Polka Galerie Paris


Donata Wenders, Stadthaus Ulm


Leica Galerie, Salzburg
Leica Galerie, Solms


Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg


"Journey to Onomichi" at Omotesando Hills, Tokyo; photographs by Wim and Donata Wenders


Bari, Italy
Selektion # 1, Galerie F5,6, Munich


Galerie f5,6, München
Galleria Ferragamo, Florenz
Take Five! – Huis Marseille Turns Five
Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam
Off Scene (mit Wim Wenders), Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence


Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg


Galleria Allessandra Bonomo, Rome


Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Teatro Della Visione, Milan
Galerie M. C., Zweibrücken
Galerie Schirmer/Mosel, Munich


Gallery of Contemporary Photography, in Los Angeles
Galerie Einstein Unter den Linden, Berlin


Palazzo Ducale in Parma.

Donata has published a number of books together with her husband Wim Wenders:
Beyond the clouds/My time with Antonioni, The Million Dollar Hotel, The Buena Vista Social Club. Off Scene.

Works from the Artist

See all works from the series:

  • Contemplation
  • Islands of silence
  • Fresken
  • Portraits
  • Nudes