Claudia Fried is a multi-faceted photographer with a professional focus on portraiture and beauty. Born in Munich, Germany and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, she developed an appreciation for the arts at an early age. She spent her formative years surrounded by people deeply involved in the creative arts, and she was given her first camera at the tender age of nine years old. Her career in the fashion industry began as an international fashion model working with such designers as Jean Paul Gaultier and with magazines such as ELLE. In addition to modelling, Claudia also signed a recording deal with Swedish label, Stockholm Records, releasing two singles and touring nationwide. She also hosted her own TV show on Swedish TV 4. After 3 years of multitasking Claudia made the decision to focus on her true calling and passion; photography. She took photography classes and assisted photographers in Stockholm and later moved to Paris to study French language and literature at the Collège de Sorbonne, as well as to pursue photography. A move to New York City to attend The International Center of Photography was followed by several years of work assisting various New York-based photographers. Claudia worked as an assistant for the legendary make-up artist turned photographer, François Nars and worked on two books with him, X-Ray and Make up your mind. Finally venturing forth as a freelance photographer in her own right, Claudia became the go-to photographer for Swedish celebrities such as Carola Häggqvist, Alexander Skarsgård and Josef Fares. She also landed major advertising and editorial clients such as IKEA, Volkswagen, Glamour Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and in addition to photographic assignments, Claudia began to explore art direction and creative direction as well. She has been awarded The Golden Egg Award (Guldägget); Sweden’s oldest, largest and most prestigious competition for the communication industry, for best picture with advertising agency Forsman och Bodenfors , and IKEA. In 2010, Claudia successfully expanded her professional experience by co-founding Claphmagazine. Claudia Fried currently divides her time between New York and Stockholm.