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 Arts 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 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, in Cached Landscapes Freier is analyzing real-time image data extracted from hidden system folders of personal computers. It has been awarded by Trevor Paglen and Frankfurter Kunstverein with the Eagle-Eye photo award and exhibited at Trevor Paglen's first German solo show "The Octopus" at Frankfurter Kunstverein.
In his photographic field study The Moving City Freier is matching 17.000 AirBNB apartment listings in the city of Barcelona with GPS located street photography for documenting social structure and the invisible change of urban spaces. The project has been realized with a long term studio residency at Barcelona based Hangar Studios and has been nominated for the Munich Prize of Photography / Development Prize by the City of Munich in spring 2018.
Also recognized for his google earth based digital reconstructions of Andreas Gursky's large format areal photography, 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.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, Error, Ambiguity, and Creativity;
Emilio Vavarella; On Counter-Mapping and Media-Flânerie
Folkwang/Steidl, 2014, (Mis)understanding Photography - Works and Manifestos
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2017, Transforming World Atlas
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
Kerber Verlag, 2012, Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube
Link Editions, 2015, Florian Freier - Profile Page
ISBN 978-1-326-49923-5 (collection)