Frederic Lezmi

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