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 Istanbul, Turkey.
Prizes/ Grants/ Education
Grant from the VG-Bildkunst for the upcoming project: „Post Conflict Cities“
„Beyond Borders“ nominated by Garry Badger for the Photobook Award in Kassel
BFF-Promotion Award & Reinhart-Wolf Prize for „From Vienna to Beirut“
Diploma with distinction in Photography, Folkwang Hochschule, Essen
Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the production of my graduation project „From Vienna to Beirut“
Epson Art Photo Award for „Arabian Prospects"
Master Degree in Fine Arts, ALBA, Beirut
One Year Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) spend at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, Lebanon
Kodak Young Photographers Award for „Arabian Prospects“
Nominated for the Körber Photo Award
Frederic Lezmi used his iPhone camera to photograph a series of 28 vandalized political posters he discovered while walking the streets of Kosovo.
Over the course of several months, photographer Frederic Lezmi traveled slowly from Vienna to Beirut in search of cultural and geographical "in-between" moments. His wonderfully rich, layered photographs capture the slow and sometimes uneasy transition of cultural symbols and values as one moves from Europe to the Orient.