Max Eicke is a photographer born and raised in Southern Germany. He received his MFA in photography from Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg. His work deals with desire, social relationships, and power dynamics, fixing a gaze that explores human agency, taboos, and the photographic in equal turns.

Max’s sincere and personal language is carried through into his editorial work and can be seen in publications such as Spiegel, Stern, Vice, Berliner Zeitung, de Volkskrant, de Volkskrant Magazine, and Camera Austria. His first book DOMINAS was published by Kehrer Verlag and he has exhibited work in Germany and internationally. Eicke currently lives and works in Berlin.




2016 Dominas, Kehrer Verlag, 96 pages, PVC-Flexcover

2014 Welcome Stranger, Self Published, 58 pages, Hardcover

2011 Vom Fallen, Self Published, 44 pages, Hardcover


Selected Exhibitions



Almost There, Friedrichstr. 61, Berlin, Germany (with Adrian Höllger)



Ukreatepeace, exhibition and auction, Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Salzburg, Austria



Suture, Goethe-Institut, Paris, France

Graduate Show, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany (catalog)

Short Dated, Galerie Stephanie Kelly, Dresden, Germany

Extended Play, Atelier Nebe, Cologne, Germany (with Gabrielle Vitollo)



Annual Exhibition, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany



Young PhotoBook, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, halle267, Braunschweig, Germany

Abendstund hat Gold im Mund, Limbo Limbo, London, UK

Annual Exhibition, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany



The 2017 Book Awards, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Atelier de la Mécanique, Arles, France

I Book Show, Taiga, St. Petersburg, Russia

Spanish National Library‘s exhibition, PHotoESPAÑA 2017, Madrid, Spain

Photobook Show, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

I Book Show +, The Brighton Studio, Brighton, England

No secrets! – Bilder der Überwachung, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany (catalog)



15th FELIFA 2016, FoLa – Fototeca Latinoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Performing Secrecy, Kulturhalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (solo)

Duplicities, Peckham24, Photo London, Back Room Gallery, London, England (with Alice Bucknell)

Bojen, Farbenladen, Munich, Germany



Fotoistanbul, Dummy Award, Istanbul, Turkey

Photobook Week Aarhus, Dummy Award, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Encontros da Imagem, Dummy Award, Braga, Portugal

Fotobok Gbg 15, Dummy Award, Göteborg, Sweden

Fotobok Festival, Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

Kaunas Photo, Dummy Award, Kaunas, Lithuania

PhotoIreland, Dummy Award, Dublin, Ireland

IED, Dummy Award, Madrid, Spain

Fotoleggendo, Dummy Award, Rome, Italy

7. Int. Fotobookfestival Kassel, Dummy Award, dokumenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany

NEU NEU NEU, Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany


Awards & Grants


2018 Exhibition Exchange, Goldsmiths University/HFBK Hamburg

2018 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Shortlist

2017 Die Schönsten deutschen Bücher 2017, Stiftung Buchkunst

2017 Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d‘Arles, Shortlist

2017 Moscow International Foto Awards, Documentary Book

2016 Universitätsstadt Tübingen, Project Grant

2015 Erasmus+ Grant, London

2015 International Dummy Award, Fotobookfestival Kassel, Shortlist

2015 Project Grant by the Lucile-Grahn-Stiftung




Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie

UK Leather & Fetish Archive, Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Biblioteca Somosturma, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum Leipzig, Germany

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain

Hellenic Centre for Photography Library, Athens, Greece

Reminders Photography Stronghold, Library, Tokyo, Japan

Private Collections