Christoph Bangert was born in 1978 in Germany and works as a photographer, author, educator and certified bus driver. He studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since graduating, he has photographed in Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Japan, Nigeria and Iraq, among other places.
His pictures have appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zeit, Cicero, GEO, Stern, Neon, Spiegel, Time, Newsweek, New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. On assignment for the New York Times he documented the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2005 to 2013. Bangert took part in the Joop Swart Masterclass 2007 and his work has been awarded the World Press Photo Award, Pictures of the Year International Award and German Photo Book Award and has been nominated for the W. Eugene Smith Grant, Prix Pictet and Aperture Photo Book Award.
Christoph Bangert is represented by the agency laif and is a member of the German Photographic Academy and the German Society for Photography. As a jury member he served on the Nannen Prize, Otto Steinert Prize, World Press Photo Award and the Joop Swart Masterclass.
He is the author of several books, including War Porn (Kehrer 2014), hello camel (Kehrer 2016) and Rumors of War (Kehrer 2020). Bangert is the initiator of the non-profit Fotobus Society, the largest student photography project in Germany, which is supported by Nikon. He is co-editor of the annual Fotobus publication Further, published by Kettler.
Christoph Bangert lives in Cologne, Germany together with his wife Chiho – a Japanese photographer and graphic designer he frequently collaborates with – and their two daughters.