Claudius Schulze is a photographer and researcher. Having travelled and worked in over fifty countries, his interest is in humanities’ deficits and the global changes of the Anthropocene. A self-professed dinner table radical, Claudius prefers subtlety and disguised symbolism in his photography.
His book Socotra is a visual journey to the idea of islands –strange and magical– and the colonialist tradition of travel. It earned him an invitation to become an Associate with the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a nomination for the World Press Photo’s master class.
Using large format landscape photography, Claudius is currently working to investigate the picturesque nature of natural catastrophes and the threat of climate change. The project “State of Nature” is nominated for the Prix Pictet and will be released as book in 2017. An international exhibition tour will follow.
Claudius’ work has appeared in numerous international publications including Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Traveller, Smithsonian Magazine, GQ, NEON, and The Independent. His photographs have been exhibited in London, New York, Istanbul, Berlin, and at Rencontres Arles, among others. In 2012, Claudius Schulze was selected as one of Germany’s top 30 journalists under 30.
Prior to photography, Claudius Schulze originally studied Political Science and Islamic Studies at Hamburg University and he received a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabanci University Istanbul. His photographic mastery was polished at LCC, University of the Arts London, where he graduated the M.A. program Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with distinction. He is pursuing a PhD on computational creativity.
Claudius has been guest lecturer in photography at University of Applied Arts Hannover, Germany, University of The Arts, London, and National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India, among others, and is currently lecturer in cultural studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg.