Alessio Maximilian Schroder
Alessio Maximilian Schroder was born in Rome in 1985. He moved to Vienna in 2004 where he studied philosophy and photography. In 2009 went to Belgrade where he pursued the project Blokovi that explored both social and spatial patterns of the district Novi Beograd, the most ambitious urbanization project carried out in ex-Yugoslavia.
After receiving his Master’s degree in Photojournalism from the Institute of Photography in Rome in 2010, Schroder embarked on a photographic study of the district Neve Sha’anan in Tel Aviv. From his first trips to India followed the photo series Exposed (2011-2013): a personal photographic research into the liminal nature of the body and the image, marked by a critical reflection on the role of photography in the contemporary media environment.
Based again in Vienna at this time, he critically elaborated on the cultural context of the Austrian capital. This resulted in the series Hana (2012), an intimate and personal portrait of a Polish woman living on the fringes of Viennese society, and in Porne (2010-2013), a portrait series of Viennese sex workers.
In 2014 he moved to Kolkata and started the new long-term photographic research The Shape of Self where he focused on the trans communities of Kolkata urban areas. In 2015 he was asked to shoot the opening video portraits of Ram Nehari’s first feature film Don’t Forget Me, in 2016 worked as a still photographer for Ludwig Wüst’s Departure and in 2019 for Ulrich Seidl’s upcoming movie.
Pride Photo Award
Pride Photo Award 2022