Niels Ackermann is a Swiss documentary photographer working for international press since 2007 and a founding member of agency Lundi13.

He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

His first long term project, The White Angel, documenting the transition to adulthood in the neighbourhood of Chernobyl was published by Les Éditions Noir sur Blanc in 2016 and received multiple awards. 


His second project: Looking for Lenin made together with french journalist Sébastien Gobert was published by Fuel Publishing (London) and Les Éditions Noir sur Blanc and premiered at the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles.

Niels also regularly partners with social, environmental and cultural institutions on documentary projects and workshops. He also gives frequent conferences and workshops on documentary photography,  freelancing and fundings of documentary projects.


© Anna Ackermann 2015

© Anna Ackermann 2015


Swiss phone: 
+41 77 402 69 53

Whatsapp / Telegram / Signal / Threema / Ukrainian phone:
+380 63 959 35 76

E-mail: nack@nack.ch

Social networks:

I speak French, English a bit of Russian and German. Available for editorial, corporate and institutional assignments.

I’m back in Switzerland but kept a rich network of contacts in Ukraine so I may be able to help you for your project there if needed.

I'm member of agency Lundi13. You can contact my colleagues directly through our website: www.lundi13.ch or by e-mail: info@lundi13.ch



Editorial: The New York Times, The Wallstreet Journal, Times.com, Foreign Policy, CNN, Wired, China Newsweek, National Geographic, The Financial Times, Politico, Die Zeit, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération, L'Obs, Ouest France, L'Express, Courrier Japon, Le Temps, Die Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Das Magazin, L'Hebdo, L'Illustré, Tages Anzeiger, Die Weltwoche, Migros Magazin, Revue Hemisphere...

Corporate / Institutionals: Huawei, Hublot, Swiss Railways (SBB), Swiss Post, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prix de Lausanne, La Comédie de Genève, Services Industriels de Genève, UNE, LargeNetwork, Stojan + Voumard, Solar Impulse, City of Geneva, Kyiv City Administration, Parti Démocrate Chrétien (PDC), Parti Libéral Radical (PLR), BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Greenpeace, Volvo Schweiz, Novartis, Paolo Coelho, Bulgari, Migros, Nestle, Swiss Development & Cooperation Agency, Sinomedica, Ecoaction Ukraine, Fenaco, FDDM…

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Looking for Lenin, 212 Photography Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2019 Looking for Lenin, La Cabinerie, Fribourg, Switzerland
Classical?, Quai Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland
    Looking for Lenin, Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia
2018    Looking for Lenin, ArtLab, Beirut, Lebanon
2018    Looking for Lenin, Espace Images, Vevey, Switzerland
2018    Looking for Lenin, Side Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2018    Looking for Lenin; Opération Valmy, 7ème Nuit de la Photo,La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
2017    Looking for Lenin; Opération Valmy Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur, Switzerland, curator: Peter Pfrunder
2017    Genève sa Gueule, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
2017    Looking for Lenin, Les rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France, curator: Peter Pfrunder
2017    The White Angel, Multimedia Arts Museum, Moscow, Russia, curator: Anna Zaitseva
2016    Pingyao International Photo Festival, China
2016    BredaPhoto International photo festival, The Netherlands
2016    Visa Pour L'Image, Prix Rémi Ochlik, Perpignan
2016    La Nuit de l'année, Rencontres photographiques d'Arles, France
2016    LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover
2016    Paris, Galerie Rue de L'Abbaye (former Magnum Gallery)
2016    Swiss Press Photo 2016, Zurich,    
2016    Swiss Photo Awards Zurich, Photobastei 2
2016    Penguin, Slavutych
2016    Genève, sa gueule, Genève
2016    Chernobyl’s children grew up, Kiev
2016    Les Enfants de Chernobyl sont devenus grands,5èmes Nuits de la Photo, La Chaux de Fond
2016    En terrain sensible (collective exhibtion), Médiathèque du Valais, Martigny
2015    Les Enfants de Chernobyl sont devenus grands, Galerie Focale, Nyon
2015    Chernobyl’s children grew up, Sotheby’s, Zurich
2015    Waiting For The Flood, Cultural center of Huaraz, Peru
2015    Genève, Sa Gueule, Geneva, for Ville de Genève
2014    Waiting For The Flood, Jockey Club Lima, Peru (for COP20 climate forum 1-12 dec)
2014    Confrontations Gessiennes de la Photographie, Gex
2014    Exposition sur la femme africaine, Institut Français du Congo, Brazaville
2013    Au Bout du Lac, Palexpo, Geneva
2011    Swiss Press Photo 2011, Swiss National Museum, Prangins
2011    «Le choix de Christine», Gallery Krisal, Geneva
2011    Rezo.ch, pain quotidien, collective exhibition, Centre de la photographie, Geneva


2018    Swiss Press Photo, first prize, category Swiss Stories (Opération Valmy)
2018    Swiss Press Photo, 3rd place, category Abroad (Art. 51)
2017    PDN Award, category reportage (Looking for Lenin)
2016    Visa pour l'Image, Prix de la ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik
2016    Swiss Press Photo, photographer of the year
2016    Swiss Photo Awards, Best reportage
2016    Prix Pictet, Nomination
2015    Mountain of our Future Earth photo award
2015    Prix Focale Ville de Nyon
2015    Fondation BAT Prix Photo 2015 First prize & Audience Prize
2015    Selected by magazine l’Hebdo as one of the 100 young swiss preparing the future of the country for the annual event Forum des 100
2015    Prix Pictet, Nomination
2014    SMArt residency in Huaraz, Peru
2014    Globetrotter World Photo
2010    Swiss Press Award, 2nd place category News


Collection des Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
Fondation British American Tobacco Switzerland, Boncourt
Musée du Léman, Nyon
Ville de Nyon
Ville de Perpignan


2017    Looking for Lenin. Fuel Publishing, London. by Niels Ackermann & Sebastien Gobert. Forewords by Myroslava Hartmond. 
French version published by ed. Noir Sur Blanc, Lausanne

2016    L’Ange Blanc: Les Enfants de Chernobyl Sont Devenus Grands, ed. Noir Sur Blanc, Lausanne, Text by Gaetan Vannay, Forewords by Andrey Kurkov. English version: The White Angel