About Fabian Muir

Fabian Muir is an award-winning Australian photographer. The principal motivation behind his projects and practice is a focus on humanist issues combined with strong visual storytelling.

His images have been featured in major solo and group exhibitions and festivals around the world. His fine art series addressing social challenges and injustice confronting refugees, entitled 'Blue Burqa in a Sunburnt Country' (2014) and 'Urban Burqa' (2017), as well as his two-year survey of daily life in the DPRK (North Korea) have attracted global press, television and radio coverage.

Outlets in which work and interviews have appeared include The Guardian / The Atlantic / VICE / BBC World TV / CNN International TV / LensCulture / SPIEGEL / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / BBC Asian Network / BBC Digital / FotoEvidence / Vogue Entertaining + Travel / Sueddeutsche Zeitung / BuzzFeed / World Photography Organisation Blog / Leica Magazine / CNU (China) / ZEISS Lenspire / France Culture (Radio France) / Photographic Museum of Humanity (PHmuseum) / Marie Claire / El Observador (Portugal) / The Sydney Morning Herald / Fotoblogia (Poland) / LIFO / Bird in Flight / FAHRENHEIT┬║ Magazine / MindFood Magazine / Ampersand Magazine / Studio Magazine / Bios Monthly (Taiwan) / La Repubblica / Lenta.ru / The Age / Black + White Magazine / Konbini / Capture Magazine / Photojournalink / Expert-Russkiy Reporter / Street Photography Magazine / Feature Shoot.

His documentary and fine art images have been acquired by numerous significant collections. He has been honoured as finalist in the 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award for Searching for North Korea and the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award for Shades of Leisure in North Korea in association with the World Photography Organisation. He received an inaugural Magnum Photography Award for a documentary series for Intimate Perspectives on North Korea. He is a finalist in the 2017 Nikon Photo Contest for the series Cuba, Quo Vadis? and was a finalist in the 2016 Miami Street Photography Festival. His short film Holiday in Abkhazia won the award for best screenplay at the Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2009. With a soft spot for cricket, he also contributes features and photographs to ESPNcricinfo.com and has written for Wisden. He speaks fluent German, French and Spanish, while his Russian sputters with the determination of a Lada on a rather steep incline.

He is represented by Michael Reid in Sydney and Berlin.

Having recently completed a long-term project on North Korea and with a strong focus on the countries and territories of the former Soviet Union, the majority of the images on this website were taken in:
  • DPR Korea
  • The Russian Federation and Transdnistria (PMR)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Ukraine
  • Republic of Abkhazia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Georgia
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Belarus
  • Nagorno Karabakh Republic
  • The territory of the former German Democratic Republic
  • Uzbekistan