François Xavier Klein was born in 1983 in Strasbourg, France and is currently based in Hanover, Germany.
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In 2019-2020 he worked as an internship photographer bei der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung. In 2016 and 2018, he received three Awards from the College Photographer of the Year (CPOY). His works have been exhibited in numerous international festivals and published in magazines and newspapers such as, among others, Spiegel, Stern, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, L’Obs’, Fluter, Yearbook of Reporter Ohne Grenzen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Zenith and VSD. François works also as a portrait and PR photographer.
Before starting studies of photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Hanover, François Klein had various and unexpected activities, sometimes working as a roady for concerts, courier of a hospital service or as a cameraman in a theater. In most of his reports, he takes an integral part in the unfolding of events, immersing himself in the universe of his protagonists, thus differentiating himself from the supposedly objective gaze of the photojournalist. In 2017, he spent six months in Bangladesh as part of an exchange program with Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.
His future works are devoted to a decelerated and performative practice of photography.
Awards and exhibitions:
05.2019: „Stateless Identity“ exhibited at DOK Festival, Fredrikstad – Norway
03.2019: „Stateless Identity“ exhibited at Chobi Mela X, Dhaka - Bangladesh
11.2018: College Photographer Of the Year, Bronze Medaille in International picture story
11.2018: College Photographer Of the Year, Award of Excellence in Interpretive Eye
06.2018: “Isaya’s Dream” exhibited at Lumix Festival, Hannover - Germany
11.2017: “Isaya’s Dream” International Photography Awards: honorable mention
12.2017: “Stateless Identity” Fritt Ord Foundation, Grant to pursue the project, Oslo – Norway
10.2017: “Stateless Identity” exhibited in Drik Gallery, Dhaka - Bangladesh
05.2017: “Isaya’s Dream” exhibited at Kolga Festival, Tbilisi - Georgia
03.2017: „Until now...“ exhibited at Transizioni Festival, Bologna - Italy
11.2016: College Photographer Of the Year, Award of Excellence, Portfolio Category
11.2016: „Until now...“ exhibited at Zoom Festival, Saguenay - Canada
08.2016: „Inner Journey“ exhibited at Festival Off Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan - France
07.2016: „Inner Journey“ screening at Festival du Journalisme Vivant, Couthures - France
06.2016: „Inner Journey“ exhibited at Lumix Festival, photography category, Hannover - Germany
06.2016: „Until now...“ exhibited at Lumix Festival, multimedia category, Hannover - Germany
06.2016: „Inner Journey“ exhibited at Les Promenades Photographiques, Vendôme - France
04.2015: „Photo Storytelling: After Dark“ World Press Photo Workshop, Amsterdam - Netherlands