Traveller and photographer, I’ve always had itchy feet: studies in France, Germany, the UK and Canada, teaching French abroad… I’ve 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 is given centre stage in most of my work and I focus on portrait, street or documentary projects. 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 Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

Prints available on request. Click here for more info!

All enquiries: yann.lenzen@outlook.com

 

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Publications

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

– 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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