Mattias Klum

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Mattias Klum
Mattias Klum vertical portrait.jpg
Photo: Samuel Svensäter.
Born 10 February 1968
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Photographer and Filmmaker
Official website

Mattias Klum (born 10 February 1968 in Uppsala) is a Swedish freelance photographer and film producer in natural history and cultural subjects.[1] He is the son of Swedish academic educator Arne Klum and Ingegärd Klum, née Stefanson.[2] Klum has worked full-time as a freelance photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994. Klum describes and portrays animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions.

Klum has had several wildlife documentaries shown on Swedish national TV and has also had his work featured in Wildlife Conservation, Audubon, Geo, National Geographic,[3] Terre Sauvage, Stern, Der Spiegel and the New York Times among others.

In 1997 National Geographic Magazine published Mattias Klum's photographs for the first time, which made him the first Swede to have his work on the cover, then he was one of National Geographic's youngest contributors. Since 1997, he has produced a number of articles and twelve cover stories for the magazine, including "Malaysia's Secret Realm" (August 1997), "Asia's Last Lions" (June 2001), "Meerkats Stand Tall" (September 2002), "What Darwin Didn't Know" (February 2009) and "The Bite That Heals" (February 2013).[4] Klum's photographs have been exhibited in one-man shows at reputable museums and art galleries in the USA, Sweden, Malaysia, India, Japan, Great Britain, Estonia, Denmark, Botswana, Spain, China and Singapore among other countries. Klum has published twelve books, five of them available in English: Exploring the Rainforest, Borneo Rainforest, Horse People, Being There and The Human Quest.

In 2007 Klum contributed to the starting of a publishing company, Tierra Grande Publishing, the fundraising Terra Magna Foundation and (Expedition Sweden),[5] a five-year-long environment and inspiration project about Sweden and the Baltic Sea Media Project[6] together with producer Folke Rydén. He has also coached and collaborated with Sweden's Prince Carl Philip.

The book, The Human Quest: Prospering Within Planetary Boundaries,[7] is co-authored by scientist and global sustainability expert Johan Rockström with a foreword by former President Bill Clinton.[8]

Mattias Klum's latest book ”Världar av Liv” was published in 2013 by Max Ström. In 2013 Klum has also in been awarded the Honorary Doctorate degree in Natural Science by Stockholm University[9] and named WWF, the World Wildlife Fund ambassador.[10]



Klum has produced documentary films including Borneo's Rainforest and The Brittle Thread (Asia's Last Lions) with his wife and colleague Monika Klum and The Linnaeus Expedition with producer Folke Rydén. Klum and his team have collaborated on the music video project Funk for Life,[30] with renowned musician Nils Landgren. This project supports Médecins Sans Frontières and their work in Kibera, Kenya.

Awards and Act of Honour[edit]

Over the years, Mattias Klum has received numerous awards and grants for his work.

Klum is also a member of the Board of Trustees of WWF Sweden.[41] He has held a position as a Guest Lecturer at Uppsala University[42] and teaches at Stockholm Resilience Centre.[43] The magazine Miljöaktuellt ranked Klum as number 4 of Sweden's 100 most powerful people working for the environment 2013.[44]


  1. ^ "Mattias Klum". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Swedish Tax Authority's Skatteverket public records
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  4. ^ "Venom: The Bite That Heals – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine". 25 April 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
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  24. ^ Expedition Linnaeus
  25. ^  . "Funk for Life". Funk for Life. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  26. ^ The Testament of Tebaran, IMDb
  27. ^ The Coral Eden, IMDb
  28. ^ "Save Our Baltic Sea". Save Our Baltic Sea. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
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  33. ^ "Mattias Klum | World Economic Forum – Mattias Klum". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  34. ^ "Mattias Klum, Photographer/Filmmaker". National Geographic. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  35. ^ "SRC – World known photographer and film maker Mattias Klum becomes senior fellow". 18 November 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  36. ^ "Goodwill Ambassador Mattias Klum". IUCN. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "Iwan Bolin Prize (swedish)". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "The Lidman Prize (swedish)". 27 November 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  39. ^ "The Comprehensibility Price (swedish)". 2 November 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  40. ^ "Honorary doctor". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
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