Ina Fassbender

Ina Fassbender

Based
Dortmund, Germany
Born
Schleiden, Germany
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV, Leica M9
“I always hope to show the people in my pictures just as they really are.”

Beat

I cover all sorts of things: sports, the economy, features and politics.

One Shot

. DUISBURG, Germany. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
A man stands in front of candles and flowers in Duisburg on September 3, 2010, at the site where 21 people lost their lives in a stampede at the "Love Parade".
“It was one month after the Love Parade in Duisburg, where 21 people died. The atmosphere was so emotional when I arrived; I spoke to some people and all of them knew somebody who had died there. Then I saw this old man who lighted the candles. It was the perfect picture, giving a sense of distance and dignity to all the people affected that day.”

Profile

My first memory of photography? When my father took me to his darkroom and I developed my first photo in black and white. I also remember taking lots of pictures of my sister grimacing with my father’s Robot camera.

I started taking pictures when I was a child and I never stopped. In 1989 I began working for a sports photo agency. I worked 80 to 100 hours a week and travelled a lot to big sporting events.

My first assignment was a Bundesliga soccer match between Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. I didn’t understand much about soccer and, at one point, I started wondering why all the photographers were running behind the goal. It was a penalty. I missed it. After that I decided to learn more about the sport.

The visit that Barack Obama and Angela Merkel made to Buchenwald concentration camp left a big mark on me. Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, who survived Auschwitz and also Buchenwald, gave a speech. I was so impressed by him, tears were running down my face. In spite of his past, he looked to the future with so much grace and tolerance. I thought everybody should learn from people like him.

I love soccer with all its surprises and emotions. But I also like stories and assignments where I can find my own style of taking photos and let my imagination run wild.

I always hope to show the people in my pictures just as they really are, and I hope my audience understands what I mean.

I love my job. My hobby became my profession, and there are not many people who can say that.

Behind the Scenes

Reuters photographer Ina Fassbender holds a trophy at a banquet for Borussia Dortmund to celebrate winning the German Championship.