Mattias Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1968. He has worked full-time as a photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994.
Klum is internationally recognized for describing and portraying animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions. His artistic photographic language has rendered him success not only in the world of documentaries but also in the art scene.
- Borneo's Rainforest. (1998)
- The Brittle Thread. (2001)
- Search for the Giant Sea Eagle. (2001)
- The Linnaeus Expedition (with producer Folke Rydén). (2007)
- The Testament of Tebaran. (2011)
- The Coral Eden. (2011)
- The Contemplator. (2014)
- Vamizi - Cradle of Coral. (2016)
Short film "Funk For Life" with renowned musician Nils Landgren. The project supports Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and their work in Kibera, Nairobi.
Photo- and film projeCts on all continents
1988 - Malaysian Borneo and Brunei
1990 - Nigeria
1991 - Brazil and Costa Rica
1995 - 1996 - Malaysian Borneo
1999 - India and Guyana
2000 - India
2001 - Malaysia, Thailand, India and South Africa
2002 - Ecuador, Panama and Mongolia
2003 - 2004 Malaysia
2005 - Peru and Antarctica
2006 - 2007 The Linnaeus Expedition to seven continents
2007 - Iceland
2007 - 2008 - Indonesia and Malaysia
2008 - Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Australia
2009 - Italy, Germany and Kenya
2010 - Malaysia, Rwanda, Congo DRC, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and Raja Ampat in New Guinea
2011 - People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Italy and Norway's Svalbard Islands
2012 - Rwanda, Tanzania, India, Malaysian Borneo and Greece
2013 - Malaysian Borneo, Italy, Galapagos and Mozambique
2014 - India, Italy, Mozambique and Tanzania
2015 - Italy, Galapagos and Norway's Svalbard Islands
2016 - Zimbabwe, Namibia, The Maldives, Mozambique, Thailand, Norway's Svalbard Islands, Hawaii, Botswana, Malawi, Poland and Costa Rica.
2017 - England and Monaco
National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Audubon, Geo, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Stern, Der Spiegel and The New York Times.
In 1997 National Geographic Magazine published Klum’s photographs for the first time. That story made him the first Swede to have his work on the cover and one of National Geographic’s youngest contributors at the time. Since 1997, he has produced multiple articles and thirteen cover stories for the reputable magazine.
Lectures and public performances
Klum is an internationally sought-after lecturer and has given more than 3000 lectures worldwide. A selection of business customers: Tällberg Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, The Royal Palace of Sweden, Prince Albert II Foundation, Apple, The Prince’s Trust, IKEA, National Geographic Society, WWF, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Chautauqua Institution, Audi, American Express and Sweco, among others.
Klum is represented by the National Geographic Speakers Bureau since 2003.
Klum’s photographs have been shown in one-man exhibitions at renowned museums and art galleries in the United States, Scandinavia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Japan, Botswana, China, Italy and Great Britain, among other countries, and at major worldwide events as COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, Shanghai World EXPO in 2010, 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium and Clinton Global Initiative, New York in 2011 and in Rio de Janerio during the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.
- Moments (1990)
- When the Mist Rises (1992)
- A Journey Through Sweden (1995)
- Exploring the Rainforest (1995)
- Borneo's Rainforest (1997)
- Inside Borneo (1999)
- The Brittle Thread (2000)
- Horse People (2003)
- Being There (2007)
- The Secret of Africa (2010)
- The Human Quest: Prospering Within Planetary Boundaries, with Johan Rockström and with a foreword by President Bill Clinton. (2012)
- Världar av Liv (2013)
- Big World Small Planet - Abundance within Planetary Boundaries. With Johan Rockström (2015)
- Jordnära (2017)
Awards and recognition
Over the years, Klum has received numerous awards and grants for his work. Uppsala City Council bestowed him with its gold medal for his outstanding work from an Uppsala base. His Majesty the King of Sweden has granted Klum with his medal of the 8th grade with blue ribbon for his important contributions as a nature photographer. The Uppsala County Administration granted him the title Citizen of the Year in Uppland 2007. Klum was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. Klum was named Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN in 2011. Klum was awarded the Lidman Prize by Swedish Academy of Verbovisual Information and the Comprehensibility Price by the Swedish communication agency Publik in 2012. Klum is a member of the Board of Trustees of WWF Sweden and a Fellow of National Geographic Society, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and The Linnean Society of London. In 2013 Mattias Klum was awarded the Honorary Doctorate degree in Natural Science by Stockholm University and named ambassador for WWF, the World Wildlife Fund. In 2014 Klum also received an environmental award from the Archdiocese of Uppsala, Sweden.
Klum has been a guest lecturer at Uppsala University and at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Klum has been host at Swedish Radio’s ”Summer Talkers”, 1997, 2008 and in 2014 he hosted their winter edition ”Winter Talkers”.“ He has served on the jury of World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.