The son of an Armenian father and an Hungarian mother, Erol Gurian was born and raised in Munich, Germany in 1964. After finishing high school there, he started his college education at the University of Maryland, evenutally transferring to San Jose Sate University, Ca. where he received his B.A. in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism and a minor in psychology.
Returning to Munich in 1988, he assisted photographer Thomas Klinger and helped realize several book and tv projects until 1991, when he started his freelance carreer. Since then, Erol Gurian has concentrated on magazine photography and assignments have included a wide variety of stories ranging from Christianity in Armenia to female minesweepers in Cambodia. One of his self-assigned projects “Kosovo Kids”, a photoessay on the plight of Kosovar children who had to endure the war, has attracted national media attention in 2000.
In the magazine world, his clients include STERN, TIME Magazine, Focus, Brigitte, and chrismon, among others. His personal interest lies in “third world” social topics, where he has worked on a variety of stories ranging from aids in SE-Asia to reconcilliation in Rwanda, Africa. Commerical clients who appreciate Erol’s photojournalistic background include major players like Microsoft, Siemens and Hewlett Packard. Erol is currently working on a photographic book about Armenia, the country of his forefathers.