Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)

Interview & Photographs: 

Markus Fryzel

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

My name is Markus Fryzel, I live in Regensburg in Southern Germany and I am 45 years old. I have not been involved in photography for that long. I once had a Canon SLR camera when I was 30, but quickly gave up on that hobby. In 2020, I accompanied my mother to a local photography store because she needed a camera for a Norway cruise.

We ended up walking out of the store with two MFT cameras and 3 lenses. 2020 was also the beginning of the Corona pandemic and I used that time to learn about this camera and read many books, took online courses and began to really understand the camera and photography. Unfortunately, the pandemic also meant that my mom’s cruise couldn’t happen – which is now booked again next year.

I quickly realized that I was reaching some creative limits with the MFT camera and a long (and expensive) odyssey began. I tried several cameras from different manufacturers and eventually ended up with the Fujifilm X-mount system.

During this journey through the world of camera manufacturers, I was able to win various awards with different systems. The biggest success I achieved was the fifth place in the overall ranking of the Germany-wide „Blende 2021“competition in 2022. Predominantly, I achieved my successes in the genre of macro photography – and yet I do not like to limit myself to one type of photography. I love minimal and documentary photography, street photography is exciting for me and I am now discovering portrait photography for myself.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

In a nutshell, a quote from Pablo Picasso sums it up quite well…