Like the best of street photographers, Nina Welch-Kling finds joy in wandering city streets and paying attention to the endless flow and changes that happen there. She notices momentary eye-catching juxtapositions of people, architecture, shadows, visual rhymes. And she photographs them in a manner that allows the viewer to see what she sees, allowing us to share in the moment of delight or surprise while soaking in all of the other activities in the context of her framing. Then she takes her gift one step further, by pairing photographs in what she calls “Duologues”. These diptychs produce visual echoes that evoke new ideas, new meanings, new connections — encouraging viewers to energize their own ways of seeing. 

Jim Casper

Editor-in-Chief, LensCulture

(referencing "Duologues", LensCulture Choice Winner 2020)

Nina Welch-Kling is a New York City-based photographer, originally from Schweinfurt, a small town in southern Germany. Her experiences growing up as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a German native, her background in architecture and design, and her love of anonymously roaming the city street with her camera, all inform her photographic depictions of everyday life. 


Welch-Kling earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Interior Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990 and a Master in Architecture from The University of California, Los Angeles in 1993. She has lived in New York City since 1995, and has since married, and raised her two, now college-aged daughters. While raising her children, Welch-Kling continued to explore creative outlets defined by her passion for photography.