Mirja Maria Thiel, born in Hamburg, Germany in 1971, is a photographer in the documentary tradition.


She studied American, English and German Literature and Linguistics at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany, and finished her studies with a Master’s thesis exploring the "Grotesque Worldview and Mythical Consciousness in Selected Works of American Poetress Sylvia Plath". Thereafter she worked for the literary publishing houses’ editorial departments at Suhrkamp and Schöffling & Co as well as for the image editorial department of the World Wide Fund for Nature, all situated in Frankfurt am Main. 

From 2006 until 2010 she lived with her family in the countryside between Appenzell and St. Gallen in Switzerland.  


The experience of motherhood has intensified her enduring interest in storytelling as a means of rising to challenge, living with change and showing compassion with humanity’s vulnerability. From 2014 until 2019 Mirja studied „Photojournalism and Documentary Photography“ at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, Germany.


At the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg she participated in photography workshops with Darcy Padilla, Rob Hornstra, and Vanessa Winship. Next to local photojournalism Mirja works primarily on long-form documentary projects exploring Alzheimer’s disease through close personal narratives. She also focuses on underrepresented issues such as eroticism and sexuality in old age. She lives with her husband and their three children close to Bremen in Northern Germany.



Mirja Maria Thiel

Dianaweg 4

28790 Schwanewede








The entire content of this website is owned by Mirja Maria Thiel and may not be reproduced or manipulated in any manner without prior permission of the publisher/author.