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Klaus Polzer

Klaus Polzer has gone from big mountain competitor to magazine editor and now one of Europe’s premier photographers. Drawing on his background in physics–and his understanding of the science of light–his carefully planned and executed photos showcase everything from the burgeoning Swiss and German newschool scene to big mountain skiing in the Alps, Northern Canada, and beyond.

“In the mid 1990s, Klaus Polzer was one of the few skiers from the German Alps to succeed in big-mountain competitions. This landed him in front of the lens of Austrian photographer Peter Mathis and together they showcased the freeride scene of the Eastern Alps in magazines around the world.

With a university degree in physics, Klaus thought about entering a ‘normal’ career when he turned 30 in 2000. But that same year he was offered the title of Editor in Chief of an upstart German freeskiing magazine called Skiing: The Next Level. The Munich native took the job and successfully built the magazine over the next eight years. It was during this time that he found an interest in photography…”

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