Director. Photographer. Storyteller. 

Julia Schönstädt is an award-winning, portrait photographer and video director working between London and Berlin. She studied Photography Design at Berlin's iconic Lette Verein and was the receipient of a full scholarship to the renowned Goldsmiths, University of London, where she earned a Master’s in Photogrpahy with Distinction.

Her ‘16 Bars Project', a critical examination of the penal system in Germany, was recognised and awarded by The Guardian in 2014. Subsequently, in 2015, a book was published on the same topic by German-publisher, Asso Verlag.

As a passionate commercial photographer and videographer, Julia is uniquely equipped to function as both a still photographer and highly-skilled moving image director. Through a combination of her creative expression and commercial prowess, she helps brands and people alike to connect with their audiences using her signature cinematic and conceptual style. 

As an extension of her personal philosophy, Julia strives to collaborate and partner with brands that are committed to elevating the status of women, gender equality and female empowerment within the creative industry and beyond. 

Selected Credits


City of Gelsenkirchen - Me. You. Us. , Short Form Documentary, Director, Editor

Luitpold Optik - Photography Campaign


Hunger TV - Online Editorial, Videographer, Editor

The Chosen - Online Commercial, Director of Photography

Superdry - Shop Display, Videographer, Editor

Erika Lust - 1953, Short Film, Director, Producer

Erika Lust - Pleasure Seekers, Short Film, Director Producer

Universal Music - Georgia, Portrait Photographer

Rimmel - Online Commercial, Retoucher


Cryptopia - Documentary, Director of Photography

Erika Lust - All Eyez On Me, Short Film, Director, Producer

Other clients have included: Channel 4, Shell, British Library, Red Bull Media House, Puma, Spiegel Online, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Die Zeit


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