Nina Poppe got internationally known through her photography project AMA on which she has worked since 2010.
Ama tells the story of the female divers of Japan who are searching for sea snails since many generations without any technical support. Interestingly she didn't follow the women while diving but reflects their daily life based on pictures of houses, still life and their preparation for work.
Beyond a precise depiction of the local living conditions the work plays with an interaction of colour, form and structure of everyday objects, scenes and atmospheres which widely exceeds a pure objective documentary style.
A detailed research and the integration into a bigger media context plays an important role in Nina Poppe’s work. In any case it is about social phenomena. She often combines her photos with previous inspirations. Next to her photography she is using film as additional medium. She creates short experimental documentaries with a tension between the autonomous and documentary image. The result are pictures of apparent objectivity although there is a unique story behind.