Freya Najade is a London-based German photographer whose work has been exhibited and published widely.

Publications featuring Freya’s images include The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung and BBC.

Freya’s series Jazorina was released as a book by Kehrer Verlag in 2016 and Along the Hackney Canal by Hoxton Mini Press later that year. The latter received the Best in Book Award by Creative Review.

Freya splits her time working on long-term personal projects and on commissions. Outside of her own professional practice Freya co-founded the architectural photography studio NAARO.

Freya holds a master’s degree with distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.



Curriculum Vita

Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography,
University of the Arts London (London College of Communication), 2009

Best in Book, Creative Review Photography Annual 2016
Offspring Photo Meet London, Winner, 2015
Feed a different imagination, Winner, 2015
Prix Pictet, Nominee, 2015
Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, Finalist, 2014
RPS Environmental Grant, Finalist, 2014
Environmental Photographer of the Year, Finalist, 2014
RPS International Print Exhibition 157, Finalist, 2014
Format International Portfolio Review, Winner Moo award, 2014
Magnum Masterclass in association with IdeasTap, Finalist, London, 2014
Portfolio Review Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Finalist, 2014
Prix Pictet, Nominee, 2013
Top 50 Critical Mass, Finalist, 2012
Foto8 Summershow, Finalist, 2012
Canteen Magazine Award, Honorable Mention, 2010
Foto8 Summershow, Finalist, 2010
Top 20 Get published Award, Finalist, 2010
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist, 2010
AOP Student Award, Finalist, London, 2010
Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 29th Annual Spring Photography Contest, Finalist, 2009
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2009
AOP Student Award, Finalist, 2009
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2008

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Jazorina - Postindustrielle Landschaften, Zollverein, Essen, 2017
Jazorina, Energiefabrik Knappenrode Sächsisches Industriemuseum, 2016
If you are lucky you get old, 5th Base Gallery, London, 2013
If you are lucky you get old, Long White Cloud, London, 2013

Selected Group Exhibitions
Capitalist Realism, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, 2018
Post-Food, The Finnish Museum of Photography, 2017
Space Veggies and Earth Plants, Les Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles, 2016
Space Veggies and Earth Plants, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, 2016
RPS International Print Exhibition, Belfast Photo Festival, 2015
RPS International Print Exhibition, Banbury Museum, Banbury, 2014
Tempocolor Festival, Liège, Belgium, 2014
Encontros da Imagem Festival, Braga, 2014
RPS International Print Exhibition, Berkeley Gallery, London, 2014
Environmental Photographer of the Year, Royal Geographic Society, London, 2014
Renaissance Photography Prize, Wapping Project Bankside Gallery, London, 2013
Place/Non-place: Locality in the Digital Age, Venice Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, 2013
Critical Mass 2012 Photolucida Touring Exhibition, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, 2013 Critical Mass 2012 Photolucida Touring Exhibition, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, 2013
Common Places, Hackney Cut, London, 2013
Format Festival, Derby, 2013
The World in London, by The Photographer’s Gallery, Victoria Park, London, 2012
Foto8 Summershow, Host Gallery, London, 2012
Elephant in Focus: Economy, The Cuming Museum, London, 2012
Indie Photobook Library, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012
Freitag der 13, Flieseneck, Bremen, 2011
Economy, The Opportunity Area, London, 2011
Indie Photobook Library Exhibition, Photolucida, Portland, 2011
Overexposed City, Photomonth East London, Apiary Studios, London, 2010
Indie Photobook Library Exhibition, Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, 2010
FotoGrafia Festival Rome, Rome, 2010
Foto8 Summershow, Host Gallery, London, 2010
AOP Students Awards, AOP Gallery, London, 2010
28 Stories, The Gallery Space, curated by Bridgette Lardinois, London, 2009
AOP Student Awards, AOP Gallery, London, 2009
Juried Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, 2008

Selected Screenings
Then-Now-Here, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, 2014
Portfolio Review 2014, Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, 2014
Zaragoza Photo Festival, Albergue C/Predicadores, Zaragoza, 2011
IC Projections ,  The Arts House, Bristol, 2011
ASA Collective Special Screening, City YMCA, London, 2011
ASA Slideshow Projection, Cable Street Studios, London, 2011
Contact Editions, Photosocial: Slideshows & Xmas Party, London, 2010
Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bournemouth, Bournemouth, 2010
Life Still, Open Slide Show, Bristol, 2010

Selected Publications
The Guardian
The Observer
British Journal of Photography
The Times
Die Zeit
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Bloomberg Businessweek
Barbara Magazine
NPR Picture Show
Lamono Magazine
Muff Magazine
Positive Magazine
Love Issue
Feature Shoot
Photographic Museum of Humanity
Unless You Will
File Magazine
Spam Magazine
Artupdate Learning
Another Place
Verve Photo
Landscape Stories
F-Stop Magazine
L'Oeil de la Photographie
Calvert Journal
The Huffington Post
Photoworld China
and others.