Florian Schulz has dedicated his life to documenting the natural faces of our planet. Aiming his cameras at Earth’s last wilderness areas has led him to the farthest reaches of the globe. Using his talent for visual storytelling he hopes to inspire action to preserve Earth’s wild virtue. He is constantly striving to meet the next challenge, to embark upon the next adventure. Ultimately seeking to transport his viewers into nature, acting as an ambassador for the natural world.
Specializing in wildlife and conservation photojournalism, the quality of Florian’s work is reflected in the widespread recognition he has received. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, and GEO, and he has won numerous awards for his photography, including ‘Environmental Photographer of the Year’. But these prizes have never been his motivation. His tireless efforts to document and protect wilderness areas are fueled by an honest commitment to our environment and a love for the natural world.
Florian is a devout advocate for wildlife corridors, coining the phrase “freedom to roam” and founding the Freedom to Roam project. He aims to expand the new conservation movement for wildlife corridors, just like the creation of Yellowstone as the first national park – he envisions the establishment of national corridors as an idea to spread around the world.
In recent years, Florian has devoted his focused on the Arctic – as it is one of the fastest changing and threatened ecosystems on Earth. His determination to portray this land and its diversity of creatures has drawn him through many challenges, hardships and dangers. What does it take to spend weeks camping in sub-arctic conditions? Or to lug camera equipment for miles through black swarms of monster mosquitos? To leave your family with two little boys for months on end? As a father his work has taken on a new meaning. He hopes that his images can play a role in keeping the last wild places alive, for the next generation to experience.
Highlights of a career
Patagonia prints winter catalog with Florian´s work.
Florian's touring exhibit about Freedom To Roam travels to Italy and Switzerland
In the coming years Florian will put his focus on the coastal regions of California and Baja California.
The interactive photography exhibit about the concept of Freedom To Roam, translate as "Wild - Free & Mobile" from Florian about wildlife corridors in North America shows in the natural history museum Bozen, Italy.
Braided River published Florian´s Coffee table book about ocean-based North American wildlife corridor B2B.
The Anchorage Museum in Alaska showed Florian's photography in a large exhibition about the Arctic ecosystem. Another large exhibition of Florian's Arctic photography was shown at the Museo Pape in Mexico.
To support the permanent protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Florian was commissioned to produce a cinema quality film about this unique region.
On assignment for Nikon Japan to create a short film about the passion of nature photography using the prototypes of the Nikon D600.
The official companion book to the IMAX Film "TO THE ARCTC 3D" featured Florians photograps. The book has also been titled by the Independent Book Publishers in New York as one of the best books of the Year winning under the category, most likely to save the planet.
Florian teamed up with Earthjustice this year to launch a visual campaing in support of the Alaskan Arctic. Florian engaged on a speaking tour with Earthjustice and a exhibtion.
His ongoing conservation photography project, featured under the series “Freedom to Roam” will depict the importance of creating wildlife corridors and marine protected areas along the Pacific and Arctic Coast.
Florian Schulz was invited to be part of the first RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) that took place in the clouded forest of southern Chiapas. Five world-wide recognized photographers were selected to participate in this expedition to document and promote the area of "El Triunfo".
The Burke Museum partners with The Mountaineer Books to launch the photography exhibit Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam by Florian Schulz.
Several images selected from his book are on display today in the American Museum of Natural History under the collective exhibit: Yellowstone to Yukon
Expeditions to Africa, Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
Florian grew up in southern Germany. With the age of twelve he "borrowed" his fathers Praktika-camera for the first time.