Photograph by M. Roa

Photograph by M. Roa

Marie-Luise Klotz is a German photographer and visual artist who specializes in combining fine art and environmental photography. Her work is rooted in a deep care and concern for the environment and the natural world. She uses imagery found in nature to create metaphors, depicting how natural concepts and phenomena relate to the human condition.

Her work has been exhibited at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA, the 7th International Photo Triennial Esslingen, the New York Center for Photographic Art, and the Berkeley Art Center, among others. Marie-Luise is a recipient of the Paul Sack Buildung Award, an ArtSlant Showcase Winner, and a Tosa Studio Award Nominee at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco. Additionally, she was a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Finalist at Duke University in 2017, and Canon Profifoto Förderpreis Finalist in 2013. Marie-Luise holds a degree in photo and communication design from the Lazi Akademie Esslingen, Academy for Visual Communication, in Germany, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

When she is not working on her art, you can find Marie-Luise rock climbing, practicing Kundalini Yoga, or enjoying the outdoors on foot or on skis. She has fostered over 20 cats and kittens with Cat Town and Oakland Animal Services.

Marie-Luise lives and works in Oakland, California.