Ute Mahler is a professional photographer, who was born in 1949 in Berka, Thuringia and currently based in Hamburg and Lehnitz, near Berlin. She completed her studies at the School for Graphic and Book Arts in Leipzig in 1974. Ute has been a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg since 2000. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, she and other chroniclers of life in the East founded Ostkreuz, the successful photographers’ agency. Ute Mahler’s explicitly humanist view of the world defines her work as both an artist and as a fashion and portrait photographer for magazines.