The news this time is connected to my photography. In October, I was a winner of PHOTO INDEPENDENT in DTLA. A big surprise and a wonderful recognition. And, after many visitors to my social media and website have asked for more background information and hints to screening dates of my travel films, I have decided to start Petra’s World as a facebook page.
DIE FARBEN DER WUESTEN (German version of THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS) is now available on The English version will follow in 2019 on
My travel films have led me to the most spectacular places. Instead of souvenirs, I brought an endless collection of pictures home. Stills I shot while on the road. Until now, I have only sold my photographs upon request. For this season I have picked three of my favorite landscape pictures from three different shooting trips in three different sizes. Enjoy them for yourself, or as a gift.

Yours Petra

Metal prints:
11x14 for $ 220
16x24 for $ 330
24x36 for $ 480

Fine Art Paper* prints
11x17 180
17x22 260
24x36 490

* size might slightly vary depending on photo paper choice




Petra Haffter's five-part series, "California Dreaming" by Volker Oesterreich.
She has an eye for the unusual, for detail and is always good for a surprise. And yet, she is able to work out the large-scale interconnections in her feature films, TV police procedurals, documentaries or multi-part series. That is what German-born filmmaker Petra Haffter, who has been living in Los Angeles for some 15 years, is doing in Arte's five-part series "California Dreaming", which aired yesterday. If you look more closely at the US state, it's a paradise of creativity. This not only applies to the hip people who work for the many Internet giants and start-ups, but also to the vibrant cultural scene. There are also breathtaking landscapes of the Pacific, in the deserts and high mountains. California stands for the other America, which does not ascribe to the fake populism of a Donald Trump, but upholds the social commitment to liberty and to protecting the ecology of their land. That is why the incumbent president is a thorn in the side of this state. Trump's tax reform was directed against California, as was his immigration policy. When he condemns people of the Middle East, he does not realize the father of the founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, came from Syria. California's economy, including agriculture, is based on legal and illegal migrants. And California has the highest percentage of "Dreamers", especially Latin Americans. This magnet for the creative community, with its love for thinking out of the box, attracts innovative spirits from around the world. Petra Haffter, who also teaches at a film academy in Los Angeles and has just been a guest at the Berlinale, travels along the roaring Pacific coast in the first episode. Today, we head out to the mountains to visit NASA researchers and beekeepers. A fascinating mix that includes striking images of the Golden State.


"Mesmerized by deserts since her adolescence the director now embarked on a journey,to look into their geological, historical and metaphysical conditions… “Here the vastness of the landscape, there the macroscopic composition of individual particles: Petra Haffter is always changing the perspective between sensory perception, esoteric effects and geological facts, between the big picture and the tiny detail. And she always highlights the extreme challenges these landscapes are posing to its inhabitants…”  “The series is addictive. After watching this you want more: More Colors of the DESERTS on different continents.”  (Anke Sterneborg, Die Sueddeutsche, Munich, Germany)

“Petra Haffter and her team explore geography, history, light and shadow to mirror present human existence.  A cycle that not just entertains but also trains the eye… Sand dunes recount ell from the course of the time, canyons from the force of water…” (Peter Claus, Kulturradio Germany)

2018 Petra was awarded with a Photo Independent Prize for her Street photography.


The great American and Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt once said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

This poignant statement is reflective in our desire to find the best images for On The Street, and we are excited to announce the winners of this year’s competition. For our second annual On The Street Awards, we received entries from five continents, and we’re delighted to present the outstanding work by 24 talented photographers from around the world.

In addition PETRA received with THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS in 2013 the Focus Foundation Special Artist Award - for the contribution to human multi-cultural understanding and collaboration and in 2014 a Certificate of Appreciation from the Los Angeles City Council.

"THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS - Uyuni" awarded top camera prize