Felix von der Osten (b. 1989) is a freelance documentary photographer and videographer (also Drone Pilot) from Cologne, Germany.

He is specially interested in social and cultural issues, documenting it with analog large- and medium- format photography, as well with the Wet Plate Collodion process.

In 2014 he attended the class »Advanced Visual Storytelling I+II« at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus (DK).

He currently lives in Cologne and completed his Bachelor in 2016 at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund. Now he attends the Masters program as well.

Von der Osten won the »Breakthrough Award« of the Britisch Journal of Photography as well he was named an »Emerging Photographer« by PDN. He also got into various finals of photography competitions as in the 'Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Awards’ or Magnum’s »30 under 30«. At the end of 2015 he attended the 28th Eddie Adams Workshop (XXVIII).

His photographs were published f.e. in The Washington Post, CNN, BrandEins, Photographic Museum of Humanity and the GUP Magazin. He also exhibited internationally.

In his free time he is a Magician specialised in Slight-of-hand Card Magic.




Awards & Mentions

2015 PDN Emerging Photographer.

2015 IdeasTap Magnum Photos Photographer Funds Shortlist.

2015 PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values finalist.

2015 Finalist PhotoVisa Festival in Krasnodar, Russia.

2015 Shortlisted for Delhi Photo Festival.

2015 Finalist »Felix Schoeller Foto Award«.

2015 Winner of the Brithish Journal of Photography Breakthrough Undergraduate Series Award.

2015 Shortlisted for Gomma Photography Grant 2015.

2015 Shortlisted at the Athens Photo Festival.

2015 Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Nominated for Mobile Picture.

2015 Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Nominated for Best Documentary.

2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award 1 of the 20 best Newcomer.

2015 Finalist »Canon Profifoto Förderpreis 15/1«.

2015 Shortlisted for Magnums »30 under 30«.

2014 Finalist »Canon Profifoto Förderpreis 14/2«.

2014 Shortlisted for the Nordic Dummy Award.


Photo by  Kalya Kauffman


Aint Bad Magazine
Brand Eins
CNN Photos
Daily Mail

Galore Magain
GUP Magazine
Kid's Wear Magazine
Landscape Stories

Le Parisien
Magicseen Magazine
Modzik Magazine

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

The Washington Post
Up Editions
Woman in Business



2018 Photokina, Cologne.
2018 LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover.
2018 »The Way Back« Lyon, France.
2018 »YOUTOO« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2017 »Wahnsinn« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.

2016 »BaFo16« Baukunstarchiv NRW, Dortmund.
2016 Fairfitters, Le bloc, solo exhibition, Cologne.
2016 Herr Pimmock, solo exhibition, Cologne.
2016 »The Snoring Princess« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2016 Fern:Sicht 7, Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne.
2015 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi, India.
2015 Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Osnabrück.
2015 »20 Jahre« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2014 »Design S & Ung Svensk Form« Museum of Ethology, Hamburg.
2014 »On & On & On« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2013 »17/13« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2012 »Scapes« Tony Wütherich Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
2012 »Full House« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2011 »Too Much« Kunstgruppe, Cologne.
2009 »Sei Artig«, Kulturbunker, Cologne.