Horst A. Friedrichs

Horst A. Friedrichs was born in Frankfurt in 1966. He began his career at the age of seventeen, working as a photo-assistant in a photography studio in Frankfurt. After he studied at the Munich Academy of Photography he has worked as freelance photo-journalist for numerous American, British and German publications including The New York Times, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Stern, Merian and Geo.

His documentary photography has taken him around the world and four of his ongoing projects have been made into books. The first “Troubadours of Allah” was published in 1999 and explored the musical culture of Sufis in Pakistan. In 2006, “Doña Maria and Her Dreams” followed the lives and stories of a desert community in Venezuela. Continuing to focus on communities and music, “Mali – A Magical Journey” was published by Frederking & Thaler in 2008 and was the result of an invitation to explore Mali by the celebrated Kora musician Toumani Diabaté.

Horst moved to London in 1997 to begin another long-term project on the contemporary British Mod scene. The results of this project were realised in “I’m One – 20th-century Mods” published by Prestel in 2009.

He has shot and directed two short films, “Blood Red Sea”, in 2004 about the slaughter of Japanese dolphins and in 2006 “Dona Maria and her dreams”, a film to accompany that book.
His work has been exhibited in Austria, Germany, Greece, Morocco and the United Kingdom.

In 2008 he received a prestigious Gold Lead award for best documentary photography, for his article in Geo magazine No. 3 entitled, “A hundred years of solitude”.

Since 2005 he has been represented by the Anzenberger Agency in Vienna. He lives in London with his wife Adriana and daughter Greta.



Troubadoure Allahs – Sufi Musik im Industal, Frederking & Thaler, 1999
Dona Maria und Ihre Träume, Frederking & Thaler, 2006
Mali – Reise Durch Ein Magisches Land, Frederking & Thaler, 2008
I’m One – 21st Century Mods, Prestel, 2009
West, A showcase of 16 international photographers from the Anzenberger agency. Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, Germany, 2009
Or Glory – 21st Century Rockers, Prestel, 2010

Selected articles

Schein Und Sein, Leica Fotografie International (LFI) January 2010, pp.2 (16 pages), German language
Hundert Jahre Einsamkeit, Geo No.3 March 2007, pp.130 (13 pages), German language
Der Klang Der Farbe, Stern, March 2009, pp.50 (17 pages), German language
Realismo mágico a la venezolana, BBC world website, June 2007, Spanish language


Symposium for documentary photography 2000. Bad Herrenalb, First Prize
Welde Kunstpreis. Germany, 2005
Lead Awards 2008. Gold Award, documentary category, for 100 Years of Solitude, Geo, No.3

Selected Exhibitions

21st Century Mods. Westlichtgallerie, Vienna, May 2009
Mali – A Journey Through a Magical Country. The International Africa Festival, Würzburg, April to June 2009
100 Years of Solitude. Haus der Photographie Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, March 2008
Troubadours of Allah. Alatza Imaret Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 2007
Doña Maria and Her Dreams. Multiple Box, Hamburg, November 2006
Troubadours of Allah. The Horniman Museum, London, September 2004 to February 2005
Sometimes Words are too Slow. Proud Gallery, London, 2004
Troubadoure Allahs. Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, November 2002 to April 2003
Leica Camera Future London. Stilwerk, Hamburg, 2002
Frankfurter Gesichter. Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, 1994

Lectures & teaching

Facilitated with Photo-journalist Hazel Thompson on a two month photo-journalism workshop for homeless and marginalised youths in London, 2008.
Guest lecturer, Cambridge-Oxbridge photo-journalism course, 2008.
Guest lecturer, University of the Creative Arts Epsom, 2008-2010.

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