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I didn’t choose to do so. The passion for photography was like a switch somebody flipped on. If looking at art had always felt like attending your fourth dance class – you know why you’re there, but you don’t really know what’s going on – the sudden realization that photography was my passion made me feel like I was dancing tango argentine with my eyes closed. Suddenly, everything made sense. Everything became visible and was turned into something I could look at. I understood a lot and felt even more.

Aroused by my new-found passion, I had the feeling of coming home—and, at the same time, of setting off on an uncertain journey with the goal of filling my new home with visual questions and answers. As far as I’m concerned, the medium of photography is entitled to provide food for thought. To paraphrase Martin Kippenberger, "photography thinks tirelessly in my head, pushes boundaries, or fails gloriously because of them." What to do with all the pictures? I hate it that my warehouse is getting too small and I need weeks for the inventory, simply because I cling to every single picture and remember fondly why I own it.

Collecting makes you suffer. None of it makes any sense. If I’m lucky, it will be my life’s work.

Collecting makes you suffer.

Daniela Hinrichs‘ passion for photography is evident in her collection, which includes numerous works by both young and established artists. In a global survey, the art platform selected Daniela Hinrich as one of the “12 Young Art Collectors to Watch.” Blouin Artinfo counts the Hamburg resident among the “50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50.”