Fabian Zapatka dropped out of school when he was seventeen years and began working as an actor in german film and television. Twenty years old he moved to Berlin and finally discovered his passion for photography. After assisting acclaimed fashion and art photographers, Zapatka began his career as a portrait photographer. This first work was published in independent magazines like SPEX, QVEST and Fräulein.
Besides working as a freelancer in Berlin, Zapatka did spend a great deal of time traveling over the next years. He was documenting the everyday life in countries Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Georgia, Armenia and India. This body of work was published mainly in magazines (Leica Photography International, Intersection and L´OFFICEL HOMMES).
Over the last years his main focus concentrated on sociological changes in german society. Zapatka´s approach can be described as highlighting important issues in small, everyday life stories. Education is often a subject. Zapatka was assigned by the most renowned german magazines and newspapers. A few examples: DIE ZEIT, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG- MAGAZIN, DER STERN, BRANDEINS.