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Support my Socotra Book!

Girl in the Highlands

UPDATE: The fund raising was succesful and the book is now regularly available. A big thank you to all supporters.

Dear Friends,

It is over five years ago, that my interest in the very isle Socotra was ignited and almost one year, since I first set foot on it. In the mean time, I explored Socotra and the concept «island», spent over seven weeks worth of shooting on the island, got countless fleabites, took almost 20 000 pictures, walked my feet sore more than once, ruined two lenses and almost my knees, and spent all my savings. Now, after endless months of editing, the writing of many thousand words of text, and production of four dummies and one exhibition, I am at the point that I can proudly say: Yes! I am there; I have a book that is worth standing in one shelf with other great and famous volumes.

Have a preview yourself:

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And this is what friends say who had chance to go through the complete volmume:

“Wow! This body of work is stunningly beautiful. It is magnificent. It is striking and powerful, but also luscious. Bravo!” Ed Kashi, Photographer, National Geographic.

“When you look at Claudius’ panoramics of Socotra, it’s as if you’re immersed in the place 360 degrees.  His photographs of the people there draw you into their lives.” Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic.

“This photography is visual journalism of the finest kind – powerful, important, and gorgeous.” Andreas Trampe, Head of Photo Department, STERN magazine.

“It’s not an Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin fine arts project, nor is it a photo-naïve National Geographic magazine story, nor is it Alex Webb – just purely visual response – , nor is it ethnographical photography – it is all these great things together. It is a rare example of visually powerful, critical, sophisticated, and intelligent photography.” Paul Lowe, Professor, University of The Arts London.


On almost 130 pages and 50 photographs, the volume explores one of the most bizarre places on earth. The magic and fantasy of the place is intriguing and the isle is the perfect scene for a visual journey into the concept of islands.

The book is ready to print – I just got first quotes of printing houses. The devastating news is: Nearly 10,000 Euro printing costs alone! I do not have this money but I believe nonetheless in my book – and I believe in you!

Help me pull this project off – to make the printing of my book possible, I need 100 supporters! Supporters who pre-order books and help me advance money for the print. If you pledge a minimum of 50 Euro for me now, you will be named in the book, you will receive a 20*30cm print of one of the photographs in the book, and – of course – a numbered and signed copy of my Socotra book!

Please support my project! I can go only on print if 100 people pledge for me. (For now, you just have to pledge. As soon as I found enough supporters, you can pay by wire transfer or PayPal.)

(Die-hard collectors and supporters only: I will hand-make an edition of five books. These will be covered in manually with Dragon Blood resin (acquired on Socotra) dyed goat leather, hand-bound according to old traditions and pigment-printed on heavy gallery-grade paper. These five exclusive volumes are numbered and signed, plus you will be specially acknowledged on the first page of regular edition. In addition, you will get a limited (edition of 12) 30*40cm signed and numbered print of a photograph of your choice as on show in London (there sold for 300 Euro.) Collector’s price: 1250 Euro)

Please support my work and pledge for it! It is a great book and worth to be brought out there!


Thank you for your help!



Socotra – the Idea of an Island, Strange and Magical: ca. 128 pages, 47 large colour photographs including 6 fold out panoramas, two essays. Hard cover, 20*30cm. ca. 45 Euro plus shipping.


Postcard from Istanbul from :

Days at the Magnetic Wall

Step after step, from pixels to book – one of the trickiest things is to get edit right. Which pictures in which order? Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalezhelped me greatly the last days. We swapped images around, ‘killed babies’, added new photographs, started all over again, disagreed over single pictures, and agreed that things are improving. I think I am quite close now, the last edit (as in this picture) works quite well already…

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Book in Progress

I am sitting in the world’s fasted Metro on my way back from London. I opened my exhibition, met with Simon Norfolk, the BBC, conversed with the photographers and book artists Rob Hornstra (of the Sochi Project) and Mishka Henner (of the Artists Books Cooperative).

It was a greatly inspiring week and my own Socotra book project took a great leap forward! In the conversation with all these great artists, I decided that I will not approach any publishing houses but instead will independent publish.

Big publishing houses all require financial investment by the artists of several 10’000 Euro which I simply do not have. In addition they demand to have final say regarding content and production of the book which I am not willing to accept.

I am currently exploring different options of independent and self-publishing. Nothing is decided yet, but stay tuned, I will have great news very soon!

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The Morning After

WOW! The opening yesterday at HotShoe Gallery in London was a huge success! The space was packed, both numbers and names showed up! (On this picture: Simon Norfolk inspecting my Socotra book and Abdulwahab Sadaka of the Yemen Embassy to the UK looking at my work.)

A big thank you to everyone who made this night as great as it was!

ps: there is exactly one bottle of beer left.


(The exhibition will run until May 24, Mon – Wed & Fri – Sat 12.00 to 17.00. )

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Almost Done! (Exhibition Opening Tomorrow)

I was hanging my work today (or much more: watching the excellent hanger Lee and excellent curator Harry Hardie hang it) at HotShoe Gallery. I have to say: it looks good. Like in: damn good. If you are in London: Come to the opening tomorrow and have a look! Its gonna be fun… (not to say an ‘event’)!

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Exhibition “Socotra” in London, HotShoe Gallery

Dear Friends,

in just one week, my exhibition “Socotra – the Idea of an
Island, Strange and Magical” will open in London and I would like to invite you to the opening and private view on Wednesday, May 11 from 18.30 at HotShoe Gallery in the centre of London.

The idea of an island – strange and magical, far away in dangerous waters – has for centuries driven Europeans toward exploration and discovery. Through the cultural experience, we have come to see islands through the prism offered by the accounts, genuine or fictionalized, of Europeans who went out in search of them. The islands they describe are luscious or murderous, inhabited by wild animals or savages, ruled by sultans and sheikhs.
I went to explore and discover one of the most bizarre places on earth, the island Socotra in the Indian Ocean. The magic and fantasy of the place is intriguing. The isle is the perfect scene for a visual journey into the concept of islands.
Have a sneak pre-view:

“Here and Now” brings together several projects and photographers for the first time in one place.
The works were shot in South Africa, London, Socotra, Haiti, Darfur,
Peacehaven, Malta, Indonesia, South Korea. Participating photographers are Yolanda Crisp, Daniel Cuthbert, Ivy Lahon, Greg Laychak, James Morgan, Nektarios Markogiannis, Claudius Schulze, Amelia Shepherd, Alice Smeets and Darrin Zammit Lupi.

The private view is on May 11 from 18.30 at HotShoe Gallery in London. The exhibition is on show until May 24.

Hotshoe Gallery, 29-31 Saffron Hill, London EC1

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday
Friday & Saturday

I’d be happy to personally welcome you at the opening!

all the best,

ps: please share this invite in your networks.