As an aspiring documentary photographer, I’ve always had itchy feet. I studied in France, Germany, the UK and Canada, taught French abroad… I also travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle-East, Asia and West Africa, with an inclination for alternative ways of travelling, such as hitchhiking, Couchsurfing and volunteering. From a real thirst for adventure, but first and foremost because those lead to more interactions with locals and thus a deeper understanding of the places I explore.

The passion for photography came naturally, as a way to remain creative while on the road and to become more engaged with the people and places I encounter. The human element has taken center stage in most of my work. I increasingly focus on social, environmental and political issues. All in all, I see photography as a great excuse to travel, a fantastic observation tool and an excellent medium to tell the stories of our world.

Currently based in Canada.

 

Prints available on request. Click here for more info!

All enquiries: yann.lenzen@outlook.com

 

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Publications

Youth Lens of the Silk Roads 2nd ed – UNESCO (2021)

The Best of Lensculture Vol. 4 (2020)

C41 Magazine (Italy) : March 2019

Edge of Humanity Magazine (USA) : March 2019

– Ouest France (France) : August 2018, February 2019, March 2019

Ze.tt (Germany) : April 2018

B&W Minimalism Magazine (Iran) : February 2018

 

Awards

– Youth eyes on the Silk Roads (UNESCO), finalist (2020)

– La preuve par l’image (ACFAS), finalist (2020)

– London International Creative Competition (LICC), Honorable mention (February 2020)

– Lensculture, Black & White Photography Awards, Juror’s Pick (December 2019)

– Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Honorable Mention (December 2019)

The Independent Photographer, Travel Photo Award, Editors’ Picks (August 2019)

Atout Sud Photo Festival contest : 1st prize (France, April 2019)

International Photography Awards, category People/Culture, Honorable Mention (October 2018)

The Independent Photographer, Travel Photo Award, Editors’ Picks (July 2018)

The Independent Photographer, Street Photography Award, Editors’ Picks (February 2018)

 

Exhibitions

– LensCulture New York 2020 (Caelum Gallery, New York, USA) : April 2nd – 5 (cancelled/to be rescheduled due to the pandemic)

Festival Photo Atout Sud, 10th edition (France) : March 13th – April 11rd 2020.

– La Cale 2 Créateurs (Nantes, France) : July 6th – September 1st 2019. Group exhibition “Moments of life

Festival Photo Atout Sud (France) : March 15th – April 13rd 2019. “Young talent” of the 9th edition of the festival.

Label Escale (Nantes, France) : February 13rd – 28th 2019. Extracts from the exhibition below.

POL’n – Centre de compétences artistiques et culturelles (Nantes, France) : February 1st – 8th 2019. “Direction l’Orient en stop” : solo exhibition recounting my year-long overland journey from France to China.

 

Education

2019 – 2021 : Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science (international politics and international law), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

2013 – 2016 : Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Modern Languages: English and German, Université de Nantes, France and exchange programmes at Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany and The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

 

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