Björn Steinz, born in Bad Homburg v.d.H. Germany, began his photographic career at a local newspaper close to Frankfurt am Main.
Having worked as a volunteer in refugee camps during the war in the former Yugoslavia and traveled in Latin America, he decided to study photography, earning Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). Since then his homebase is Prague in Czech Republic.
After working as a freelance photographer and part time teacher in Czech Republic and Germany, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea – teaching photography while working on a book about the country.
He photographed all over South Korea and in countries close by such as China, Japan and the Russian Federation. His work has been published by Du, Die Zeit, The Financial Times, Geo Special, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Open Society Foundations and by other clients.
Beside teaching Björn works on several longtime photography projects – most of them with social content and often connected to Roma communities all over Europe. Since 2012 he is teaching Documentary Photography at the Anglo-American University in Prague.
Björn is represented by Panos Pictures in London.