Fabian Weiss was born 1986 in Ravensburg, Germany. He spent his childhood in Southern Germany, travelled around the world and moved to Vienna in 2007 for an undergraduate program in journalism and a diploma in photography. In 2011 he then moved to Denmark for a workshop based course in ‘Advanced Visual Storytelling’ at the Danish School of Media and Journalism with internationally recognised photographers like Anders Petersen and Kent Klich. In 2012 he consolidated his passion for documentary storytelling with the postgraduate program ‘Photojournalism and Documentary Photography’ at the London College of Communication.
During the last year Fabian's work has been internationally recognized by some of the most prestigious institutions, including the Lucie Foundation, LUCEO, the European Publishers Award and the Ian Parry Foundation. His images have been awarded with the CNN Journalist Award, the Pride Photo Award and the Austrian Press Award. His photo series have been featured in different media including the GEO, The Sunday Times, Sunday Times Magazine, Private Photo Review and have been exhibited in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
His projects explore the profound cultural and personal changes that occur in our contemporary world. Through subtle and intimate stories that fluctuate between daily life and struggles he likes to raise awareness for less covered issues, especially for people living on the margins of society. Searching for small and telling gestures, the sensitive and cinematic images he creates are acutely observed and nuanced portraits within a broader assessment of their surrounding culture. It is their closeness and intimacy that catch attention and create a bond between the observer and the subjects.
2013 Winner CNN Journalist Award 'Foto'
Finalist for the European Publishers Award
Top Finalist for the FotoVisura Student Grant
PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch Nominee
2012 Winner Getty Emerging Talent Award
Winner Austrian Press Prize ‘Objektiv‘, category photo series
Pride Photo Award, 1. Prize in category 'Documentary‘
Scholarship for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Thailand
Finalist for the LUCEO Student Project Award
Shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship
Shortlisted for the Ian Parry Scholarship
Shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival
International Photography Award, honorable mention photo series
2011 Nominated for the St. Leopold Peace Prize (Austria)
2010 Shortlisted for the Worldnomads Travel Photography Scholarship
2009 International Photography Award, honorable mention
2013 Wolfskinder, E Book Show
Hanserd Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom
2012 Wolfskinder, IT IS WHAT IT WAS Final Show, LCC Gallery Spaces, London, UK
'Lala Life', Pride Photo Award, De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011 'Between Myth and Reality: Encounters with Roma'
Gallery Hotel Gustav Mahler, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Gallery Jeno Képtár, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania
Brunnenpassage, Vienna, Austria
2010 'Einschliesslich/Ausschliesslich', ESSL Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Spitz macht blau', Schloss Spitz, Spitz, Austria
2013 'Jugend in Europa' in GEO (German Edition, February 2013)
2012 'Lala Life' in Spectrum (Sunday Times Magazine, 09.09.2012)
'Lala Life' in Liga (Magazine for Human Rights Austria)
'Lala Life' in Private Review (online, www.privatephotoreview.com)
'Lala Life' in Photojournale (online, www.photojournale.com)
'Lala Life' in La Journal de la Photographie (online, www.lajournaldelaphotographie.com)
2011 'Conceptions of Love', book, self-published
'Between Myth and Reality: Encounters with Roma', exhibition catalogue