Prague, Czech Republic
Björn Steinz, born in Germany, began in an early age to photograph at a local newspaper in his hometown Oberursel, close to Frankfurt am Main. Having worked as a volunteer in refugee camps during the war in former Yugoslavia and after travelling several months in Latin America, he decided to study photography, earning Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Department of Photography (FAMU).
After freelancing and teaching in Germany and Czech Republic he spent two years as an Assistant Professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. Since he returned back to Europe his homebase is Prague, Czech Republic. His main interest in photography is focussed on portraiture, documentary and photojournalism.
His work has been published by Du, Die Zeit, The Financial Times, Geo Special, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Open Society Foundations, National Geographic and by other clients. Björn works on several longtime photography projects - most of them with social content and often connected to Roma communities all over Europe.
Since 2012 he is teaching Documentary Photography at the Anglo-American University and was teaching from 2013 till 2016 at the Academy Of Performing Arts (FAMU)/Department of Photography in Prague/Czech Republic.
Björn is represented by Panos Pictures in London.
"A Wall Runs Through It"
My long term project “A Wall Runs Through it” about 5 different Roma communities in eastern Slovakia will be launched today with the first chapter about “Ostrovany”, a village located about 50 km from Kosice. Today, the 8th of April is the International Romani Day, a day to celebrate Romani culture and to raise awareness about issues facing Romani people.
Music by Mário Bihári