About

Michaela Haider was born in Austria in 1996 and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. She is a self-taught photographer focusing on fine art and portrait photography. 
For her online presence she is mainly known as Lia Niobe.

The over-arching theme of her work is the interaction between humans and nature. What began as surrealistic storytelling grew into a desire to explore the human self in relation to nature. This exploration has continued to raise questions, which she tries to give form to through her images. They are an attempt to envoke reconnection to the soul through stories and connectedness to nature.

Additionally, she experiments with portraits, where the human becomes the sole subject. The project “Gesichter” takes this a step further and detaches the person completely from their surroundings to try to capture their essence in a photograph and to make their soul tangible. - (If you are interested in having your portrait taken in this manner, please let me know via email. I’m always looking for new faces.)

Exhibitions

2022

  • heim.art® - Galerie - Group Exhibition - three months - Neufelden, Austria
  • Lite-Haus Galerie - Group Exhibition - three weeks - Berlin, Germany

2021

  • Lite-Haus Galerie - Group Exhibition - one month - Berlin, Germany

2018

  • 44er Galerie - Group Exhibition - two months - Leonding, Austria
  • Magito gallery - Solo Exhibition - three weeks - Helsinki, Finland
  • Laterna magica - Group Exhibition - three weeks - Helsinki, Finland
  • Musiikkitalo | Sibelius Akatemia - Solo Exhibition - one month - Helsinki, Finland

2017

  • 44er Galerie - Group Exhibition - one month - Leonding, Austria

2016

  • 44er Galerie - Group Exhibition - two months - Leonding, Austria

Publications/Features

2022

  • Art + Type Magazine - Self-Portrait Issue
  • Postall Magazine - Volume 3 - Liminality Issue

2021

  • Your Daily Photograph - Inclusion of ‘Out of Chaos’ - October 2021, YourDailyPhotograph.com
  • Your Daily Photograph - Inclusion of ‘Within and Without’ - April 2021, YourDailyPhotograph.com
  • F-Stop Magazine - Issue 106: Self Portrait, April - May 2021, online; editor: Christy Karpinski

2018

  • Kamera-lehti - Issue 5, May 2018; chief editor: Minna Jerrman

2015

  • Photographica feature

2014

  • Whim online magazine - Issue 5, April 2014, p. 53-65; chief editor: Melanie Doncas

2013

  • Inspiration In Photography - Book by Brooke Shaden, p. 176-177

2012

  • Phlearn - Weekend Inspiration XIII; Top 25 Images
  • Cirkumfleks Magazine - Issue 3, Oktober 2012, p. 115-125; chief editor: Ed Safin
  • Golden age magazine - Issue 10, September 2012, p. 115-121; chief editor: Nikki Chicoine
  • Artist a day feature

Awards/Nominations/Honorable Mentions

2022

  • Fine Art Photography Awards - 8th Edition, London (UK) - Nominee (Fine Art)

2021

  • 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Award For Women Photographers - Honorable Mention (Fine Art - Single)
  • Fine Art Photography Awards - 7th Edition, London (UK) - Nominee (Fine Art)

2018

  • Sprichcode - Photography Contest, Leonding (AT) - Finalist

2014

  • Sprichcode - Photography Contest, Leonding (AT) - Honorable Mention

2013

  • Phlearn - Natural Light Contest Winner

2012

  • Sprichcode - Photography Contest, Leonding (AT) - Honorable Mention