After completing high school in Darmstadt, in the 1970s Ulrike Crespo studied French, Art History and Archaeology in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. After returning to Germany in the 1980s, she studied Psychology in Frankfurt/Main and gained a license to practice as a psychotherapist.

In 2001, Ulrike Crespo founded the Crespo Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in Frankfurt/Main.

Since the 1990s she closely concerned herself with photography. The year 2011 saw publication of Ulrike Crespo’s first photobook “Twilight”, and further volumes have followed. Two of the publications were nominated for the German Photobook Award (in 2012 and 2015).

Crespo’s photographs have been the subject of solo shows and she has also participated in various group exhibitions.

Ulrike Crespo lived and worked in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and West Cork, Ireland. She passed away in October 2019.