Marlena Waldthausen was born close to Stuttgart, southern Germany, in 1987.

She spent several years in Latinamerica, lived in Mexico-City and Buenos Aires among others.
From 2008 to 2012 she completed her bachelor degree in Regional Studies of Latinamerica at Cologne University and in 2012 started her studies of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover.

Marlena mostly works, beside assignments, on personal longterm projects in film and photography.
Working on her story „brothers“ she spent more than 6 month with Jörg and Rolf. She lived with them in the facility and with their parents, learned sign language and the lorm alphabet.

She won the VGH Award 2016, is one of five winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards 2016 and was nominated for the Freelens Award 2016 and the Balkan Photo Award 2015.

"brothers" was exhibited at the 5th LUMIX Festival for young photojournalism in Hannover, as well as at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, NY and the VGH Gallery in Hannover and got published in de Volkskrant, FOTO Politiken, CNN Photo and de Morgen among others.

She was nominated for the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2017.

Marlena is currently based in Amsterdam and works for de Volkskrant.