Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer and Filmmaker
Mattias Klum started taking pictures in his teens and has worked full-time as a Freelance Photographer since 1986 and as a Cinematographer and Director on numerous film and television projects since 1994. In an artistic way that is entirely his own, Klum describes and portrays animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions.
Klum has undertaken several major exhibitions that have taken him to all seven continents. His work has been featured in many international publications, such as National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Stern, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. In 1997 National Geographic Magazine published Klum’s photographs for the first time, making him the first Swede to have his work on the cover. He remains one of National Geographic’s youngest contributors. Since 1997, he has produced a number of articles and twelve cover stories for the reputable magazine.
International media continually report on Klum and his work. His photographs have been shown in one-man exhibitions at renowned museums and art galleries around the world, and at major worldwide events such as the Shanghai World EXPO in 2010, 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium in 2011, and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.
As a Director and Cinematographer, Klum’s credits include films with as diverse foci as Asia’s last lions, deforestation in Borneo, and biodiversity in one of the Earth’s last untouched coral reef havens. In 2007 Klum contributed to establishing Tierra Grande Publishing; the non-prot organization Terra Magna Foundation; Expedition Sweden, a five-year environmental and inspirational project for young adults in Sweden; and the Baltic Sea Media Project, which will culminate in a feature-length documentary film in 2017.
Over the years, Klum has received numerous awards and grants for his work. His Majesty the King of Sweden granted him with a medal of the 8th grade with blue ribbon for his important contributions as a nature Photographer.
Mattias Klum has published 13 books to date. His new book, Big World, Small Planet, is co-authored by renowned scientist and global sustainability expert Johan Rockström and combines resilience science and photography to convey a new positive narrative.