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Bjoern Lauen

UAE

Born 1980, in north west Germany, Bjoern Lauen has been involved in photography for more than 20 years. Starting from a camera his father gave him during his early teens. After taking photos of family and friends for a while, he interned at a local newspaper photographing the local communities, as well as in a photography studio near his hometown. Here he was also taught to develop film in the darkroom. Creating images and watching them appearon paper never stopped to fascinate him.

He completed a business diploma and started studying psychology. After a successful career asan entrepreneur, co-founding the successful international franchise concept LOOXIS – he later became director and board member of a UAE based company.

After almost a decade in the Middle East and Bjoern turned his passion photography into a successful business while he always had a strong urge for travel and adventure. He would spend his free time travelling the world, explore, experience and photography some of the most remote areas of the planet. He participated in and initiated charitable projects and would use his photography as a media to highlight social and economic challenges incountries like Ethiopia and Nepal. His published work about the tribes of Omo valley in Ethiopia hasbeen exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Hollywood / Los Angeles.

Being fascinated bytechnology and innovation, Bjoern, over the last few years, has been involved in the development and operation of camera drones (RPAS / UAV). His aerial work is used for film and photography publications alike.

Bjoern’s work has been published in national and international media such as National Geographic Kids, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and further more. His photography is part of various books – such as the 911 LOVE Porsche book.

His commercial work focuses on Portrait, Automotive, Lifestyle and Commercial Photography. Bjoern regularly works for international clients as and brands.

Bjoern is a regular contributor to UAE based Phocal Media, has been a two-time finalist of the prestigious HIPA photography award. He is speaker on photography and travel-industry events such as on the 2016 Xposure International Photography Festival and the ITB Berlin 2016.

Traveling, Motorcycle Adventures in Nepal and into the Himalayas as well asquality time with his family are what Bjoern likes to spend his free time with.

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