Sebastian Holzknecht

The contemporary Austrian photographer Sebastian ‘Nepomuk’ Holzknecht was born in 1983 in Tyrol. After graduating from high school, Sebastian went on to study business education and political sciences at the University of Innsbruck. In 2010 he graduated in ‘communication and media design’ at Innsbruck’s College for Business Studies, after which his training as a photographer commenced. In 2012 he completed his training as a master of photography in Innsbruck, Tyrol.

In 2015 he completed his master studies in visual sciences at the Danube University in Krems. Since 2011 Sebastian Holzknecht began teaching at the department for new media and fashion design and at the College for Business Studies in Innsbruck.

His photographic focus is on portrait, reportage and documentary photography.

In 2015 his work has been shown internationally, including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Millenium Gallery Sheffield and the New York Center for Photographic Art. Actual he is the winner of the 7th Pollux Awards (UK) in the professional section „Portraits“. The photographer has been awarded as the „Portrait Photographer of the Year“ in 2016 in Berlin during the 4th International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.

Selected Awards

2016 - "Berlin Photo Bienal" - Special Award for Documentary Photography - Best Documentary Portrait

2016 - "La Grande Photo" - Professional Section Portrait  - New York - Paris, 2nd place

2015 - "Portrait Photographer of the Year" - Professional Section - 7th Pollux Awards - York - UK, Winner

2015 - "Portraits 2014" - New York Center for Photographic Art - New York - US, Honorable Mention

2015 - "Fine Art Photography Awards" - Professional Section - Nominee

2014 - "Monochrome Awards" - International Black & White Photography Contest, Honorable Mention

2014 - "The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize" - National Portrait Gallery London - UK, Selected artist