Prof. Dr. Karen Fromm is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover since 2011. Her areas of research and teaching are photo theory, pictorial languages and the documentary. She studied Art History, Literature, Culture and Media Management in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Berlin. She graduated from Berlin’s Humboldt University with a dissertation on ‘The Picture as Witness: Staging the Documentary Aspects of Artistic Photography since 1980’. From 1995 until 1997, Karen Fromm managed the Galerie Pfefferberg in Berlin. In 1999, she took on the leadership of the Department of Exhibitions, CSR and Corporate Design at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the management of the FOCUS photography and press agency.