"Elephants in Frames"
MAY 2014
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Klaus Reisinger
was born 1971 in Vienna, Austria.
His professional photo career started at age fourteen working freelance for the Austrian Television. In 1989 Klaus was hired as a photographer for Reuters in Eastern Europe and covered the Romanian revolution. He joined the U.S. photo agency Black Star in 1991, reporting from Iraq and Turkey during the First Gulf War. Then Klaus was based in Moscow for four years working for U.S. News and World Report in the former Soviet Union. In 1992, he was awarded the Young photographer Award by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He is the youngest winner ever of the prize. His reports from conflicts in former Soviet Republics, opium in Afghanistan and revival of religion in Russia, civil war in Somalia Haiti and Yemen were published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and Stern. In 1995, Klaus won the Picture of the Year (POY) - Award of Excellence for his photography in Rwanda. He decided to move on and produce television documentaries.
In 1997, he co-founded with his partner Frederique Lengaigne COMPASS Films, a production company based in Paris. Leaving war and conflict behind, they turned to nature and wildlife instead. Their first film, « The Village of Cooks » shot in India was broadcast by Planete and Channel Four. From 1998 to 2000, they produced « Elephant Power » a 52-mn documentary on wild elephants in Burma for National Geographic Explorer. By chance, Klaus was in New York on September 11, 2001 and followed a group of firefighters in the rubble minutes after the collapse of the World Trade Center. His pictures were published worldwide and won the Grand Prix du Festival du Scoop d’Angers. From 2000 to 2003, Klaus and Frederique followed a group of sea nomads in the Mergui Archipelago and produced « Burma’s Forbidden Islands», for National Geographic Explorer. In 2005 and 2006, they produced independently "RED VELVET" a film on Siberian Maral deer.
In 2006, they started their second project on Asian elephants, including a photo book, an exhibition and a documentary film. “LIFE SIZE MEMORIES “ is their first long format film for cinema produced in cooperation with Austrian Film Institute, ORF, ZDF, ARTE and National Geographic. “LIFE SIZE MEMORIES” will be released in cinemas in Mai 2012.

Klaus is a cinematographer, photographer, film editor and producer, airplane pilot and diver. He speaks fluent German, English and French and has a smattering of Russian.


1992 ICP Young Photographer Award
International Center of Photography - New York

1992 The Art Directors National Exhibition (N.Y.) Silver Award

1994 Perpignan Photo Festival
Projection and Conference - Les Cayes, Haiti

1995 POY - Picture of the Year
Magazine Feature Picture
Award of Excellence – Rwandan Refugees

1997 World Press Photo Master Class

2000 Best Educational Program ELEPHANT POWER for National Geographic Explorer, documentary film 52 min - Missoula International wildlife film festival

2001 World Trade Center September 11, 2001 Grand Prix de Scoop - Photography, Festival du Scoop d’Angers - France

2004 – Best Film - BURMA’S FORBIDDEN ISLANDS for National Geographic Explorer, documentary film 52 min - International Cultural Film Symposium Montana CINE International Film Festival

2004 - Cine Golden Eagle for Burma's Forbidden Islands

2006 - Best Independent Film - Red Velvet - Montana Cine International Film Festival

2006 – Special Jury Price – FICA – International Environmental Film Festival –Brazil

2007 - Best Independent Film - Red Velvet - Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival

2007 - RED VELVET - Finalist People and Animals Category - JACKSON HOLE Film Festival.

2011 - LIFE SIZE MEMORIES - Best of Categories Animal Issues - MONTANA CINE

2012 - LIFE SIZE MEMORIES - Finalist - IWFF.