Florian Freier (1979, Munich/Germany) is exploring social, cultural and political topics by working at the intersection of photography, digitalization and communication.
Freier graduated from Munich Academy of Art while working as a freelance webdesigner, photographer and google search engine optimizer. His works have been exhibited at international group shows, including works by Richard Prince, Marcel Duchamp, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Elaine Sturtevant and others.
Freier's ongoing documentary "Profile Page" is exploring changing states of identity by photographically matching facebook profile pages with their inhabitants private living rooms. It has been published as a print on demand foto book and free e-book under a cc license and has been added to the library of the printed web and the collection of artist books of the Museum of Modern Art New York.
Searching for the visual traces of our everyday online travels Freier's experimental photo project "Cached Landscapes" is analyzing hidden image files extracted from private system folders of personal computers. It has been awarded by Trevor Paglen and Frankfurter Kunstverein with the "Eagle Eye" Photo Award and exhibited along Paglen's first German solo show "The Octopus" at Frankfurter Kunstverein almost five years ago.
In his ongoing research project "The Moving City" Freier is documenting silent change of urban spaces by matching street view construction sites with Airbnb interiors ripped from a database of about 17.000 GPS located apartment listings. The project has been nominated for the Munich Prize of Photography / Development Prize by the City of Munich in spring 2018.
Freier's works have been cited in international blogs and magazines, including Monopol-Magazin, Fastcompany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, WIRED, VICE creatorsproject, ilikethisart.net and frieze-magazine.
Folkwang/Steidl, 2014, (Mis)understanding Photography - Works and Manifestos
Link Editions, 2015, Florian Freier - Profile Page
Kerber Verlag, 2012, Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube
Florian Freier, 2017 - The Moving City
self published, print on demand
Eres Stiftung / Munich Stadtmuseum, 2017, No Secrets - Images of Surveillance
Florian Freier, 2016-2017 - Untitled Snapchats
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2017, Transforming World Atlas
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, Error, Ambiguity, and Creativity: A Multidisciplinary Reader