Born 1978, grew up in Dakar, Geneva and the Black Forest. After a year as assistant to
German photographer Wolgang Zurborn at Galerie Lichtblick in Cologne, he studied visual communication from 2001 to 2009 with an emphasis on documentary photography at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. In 2005/2006 he spend a study year in Beirut as a recipient of a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His graduation series „ From Vienna to Beirut“ has received the BFF-Promotion Award as well as the Reinhart-Wolf Prize 2009 for best final degree work in photography. Since 2010 he is a member of the German photo agency laif.
Frederic Lezmi lives and works as a freelance photographer based in Cologne, Germany.
Prizes/ Grants/ Education
2010 Grant from the VG-Bildkunst for the upcoming project: „Post Conflict Cities“
„Beyond Borders“ nominated by Garry Badger for the Photobook Award in Kassel
2009 BFF-Promotion Award & Reinhart-Wolf Prize for „From Vienna to Beirut“
Diploma with distinction in Photography, Folkwang Hochschule, Essen
2008 Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the
production of my graduation project „From Vienna to Beirut“
2007 Epson Art Photo Award for „Arabian Prospects"
2006 Master Degree in Fine Arts, ALBA, Beirut
2005 One Year Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) spend
at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, Lebanon
2004 Kodak Young Photographers Award for „Arabian Prospects“
2003 Nominated for the Körber Photo Award