Hannibal Hanschke

Hannibal Hanschke

Berlin, Germany
Cottbus, Germany
“Always tell the truth, never give up and never take yourself too seriously.”


Politics and breaking news stories.

One Shot

. Berlin, Germany. Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke
“My favourite picture is of children riding on a merry-go-round at a Christmas market in Berlin. It was a very cold winter's day, around minus 10 degrees. I tried to shoot the carousel from the ground with a long shutter but I was not happy with the result. I left to get a hot drink and then thought that maybe I should ride on the merry-go-round. I went back and stood in line, and without proper warm clothes and gloves, got colder and colder. I eventually got on it and took three or four pictures, after which I could no longer feel my fingers nor properly hold the camera. But the result was fantastic and a good example for having ideas to try to improve pictures.”


I learnt photography just by doing it, just like for almost everything else.

I never wanted to become a photographer, it happened by coincidence. I aim to be a good journalist.

I started by shooting concerts and one of my first gigs was a Brazilian heavy metal band. The concert was a blast but my pictures were not that great. That was the beginning of a daily challenge to take good pictures.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was covering the Egyptian uprising. Being at Tahrir square in Cairo for three weeks was an incredible experience.

I love spending time with people for in-depth work assignments.

Photojournalism allows people see the world. It needs to be as authentic as possible.

My audiences are people who are interested in the world.

My biggest lesson has been don’t waste other people’s time – promise less and deliver more.

My advice to a starting photojournalist would be: always tell the truth, never give up and never take yourself too seriously.

I respect simple people doing extraordinary things.