Simone Koch


Simone Koch was born in Hannover, Germany and lived and worked in London, UK for 22 years. In light of Brexit and the pandemic she returned to Germany in 2020 and currently lives in Potsdam near Berlin.

In her early years of engagement with photography she was free-lancing in the areas of music, fashion and editorial and during a time of permanent employment as in-house photographer at Conde Nast Publishing she produced work for magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Glamour, GQ,  House & Gardens and Conde Nast Traveller magazines.

She also worked for five years for the artist Stephen Gill helping him with production and distribution of his art books through the independent publishing company Nobody Books.

In 2009 she gained a Master of the Arts in Photography and since has focussed her use of the medium solely on it as  means for artistic expression.

Simone Koch wurde in Hannover geboren, und lebte und arbeitete  22 Jahre lang in London, UK. Im Zuge des Brexit und der Pandemie ist sie 2020 nach Deutschland zurückgekehrt und lebt zurzeit in Potsdam.

In den Anfängen ihrer fotografischen Arbeit war sie freischaffend in den Bereichen der Mode -, Musik- und Editorialfotografie tätig und hat während einer Zeit der Festanstellung im Verlagshaus Conde Nast an Aufträgen für Magazine wie Vogue, Tatler, Glamour, GQ,  House & Gardens and Conde Nast Traveller gearbeitet.

Sie war außerdem 5 Jahre für den Künstler Stephen Gill tätig, während der sie ihm bei der Produktion seiner Bücher und deren Vertrieb im Verlag Nobody Books zur Seite stand.

Seit dem Abschluss eines Master Studiums der Kunst mit Schwerpunkt Fotografie im Jahr 2009 ist sie als freischaffende Künstlerin tätig.

Artist Statement

Simone Koch's artistic practice centres largely speaking around the notion of connection and the unfolding of inherent potential and evolution in all relationships, paying special attention to those between the individual and the communal and the internal and the external world.

Central to these interests is the tension between the idea of home understood as a geographical location, home as a community of people and feeling home in one's body and psychology of self.



2007- 2009

MA Photography (Distinction), London College    of Communication, University of the Arts, London


Higher National Diploma, Photography, City of Westminster College, London


BTEC National Diploma, Photography, City of Westminster College, London

Selected exhibitions


The Sanford Archive, public art installation of 100 photographs, Sanford Walk, London, UK


The World in London, public art project commissioned by The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK


Surface Gallery Open, Nottingham, UK


Slide Nite, Photomonth Krakow, Krakow, Poland


freshfacedandwildeyed, Photographer's Gallery, London, UK


 MA Final Show, The Gallery, London College of Communication, London, UK(exh. cat.)


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Rochelle School, London, UK (exh. cat.)


MA Interim Show, Well Gallery, London College of Communication, London


Open Salon, Viewfinder Gallery, London, UK


Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat.)


London’s Calling, Foundry, London, UK



Microstipend III, Federal State of Brandenburg


Short-listed for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (


Short-listed for Association of Photographers Assistant Award (

Public Talks & Lectures


Artist Talk, Rochelle School, London, UK


Held in private collections

Using Format