1. November 2020

My photograph of my friends Daryl and Priya from my ongoing series Death & Utopia – a reflection on our feelings and ideas about our uncertain future during times of lockdown in 2020  – has been selected to be shown at the Annual Open Exhibition at The Royal Academy of the West of England in Bristol, UK from 21. November 2020 – 7. March 2021.


28. September 2020

I am very pleased that this photograph from my IM DUNKELN series has won an Honourable Mention at this year’s Paris Photo Price:


29. December 2019

I am delighted that my photographs  PURPLE POWER  –  with Jessica Jayne Haines  –  and  BLUE  – with Antonia Purdie  –  have both won an Honorable Mention at this year’s Tokio International Photography Awards.


9. November 2019

I am very proud to announce POLAROIDS & PRINTS  – my first exhibition in my hometown Hamburg in Germany from 22. November – 8. December 2019 at LAB-Hamburg.

I will be showing recent portraits and nudes together with the truly wonderful work of my friend and colleague Hana Hoitore, who has created a magnificent body of work – stunning and enigmatic self-portraits shot on her new polaroid camera.

The opening night is on 22. November 2019 from 7pm at LAB-Hamburg, Bunsenstraße 2, 22765 Hamburg, Germany.

If you are about please join us!


8. November 2019

I am very pleased that my portrait of Daryl Hemborough: Daryl | Bleeding Again will be on show at the Annual Exhibition of the Southwest Academy of Fine and Applied Arts from 12.- 23. November at Exeter Castle.

This photograph has also won an Honourable Mention at the Budapest International Photography Awards and I will be traveling to Budapest to attend the Awards Ceremony and Opening Night for the exhibition on 26. November 2019.


6. August 2019

I am delighted to announce that my photograph


has been bought by Five-Star Hotel SOFITEL ST. JAMES on Pall Mall in London.

It has become a center piece in the refurbishment of their restaurant and bar, adorning the sliding doors to the gourmet kitchen.

The design was created by Glasgow based interior designer Jim Hamilton – creative director of GRAVEN.


20. June 2019

My photograph “In Green II” featuring the wonderful Polly Tregear has been selected to be shown at The South East Center of Photography in Greenville, South Carolina, USA in their upcoming exhibition COLOR.

The exhibition will run from 2.-31. August 2019.


18. June 2019

My photograph of Daryl Hembrough entitled “Daryl is Here” has won an Honourable Mention at this year’s prestigious Paris Photo Prize.

The exhibition showing prints of the gold and silver winners and a projection of all other finalists will be at the Espace Beaurepaire, 28 Rue Beaurepaire, 75010 Paris from 9.-14 July 2019.
6. June 2019

A selection of photographs from my IN GREEN and IN BLUE series is now for sale at ARTPISTOL gallery in Glasgow.


10. May 2019

My two submissions to the IPA‘s One Shot Street Photography Competition 2019 have both won Honourable Mentions.

I am delighted to have been selected as a winner.


24. April 2019

I am absolutely delighted that my work is now being represented in Glasgow by the ARTPISTOL gallery.


12. February 2019

My photograph of Polly Tregear entitled “The White Woman” has been selected to be shown at the South East Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina, USA from 5. – 27. April 2019 for their upcoming exhibition LIGHT.


8. January 2018

My photograph of Daryl is amongst the winners in the Tokyo International Photography Awards 2018 and has been awarded a bronze medal.

The exhibition will be at  Shibuya Cultural Center (23-11 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku , Tokyo 150-0031) from the 20th to the 24th of February 2019  with the opening evening on 20th of February.


27. December 2018

24 OUR CITY , the street photography installation I created together with Sarah Middleton, has been included by BS247 in their Best of Bristol 2018 list.

We are delighted!


22. December 2018

My photograph of Daryl Hembrough and Polly Tregear has been included in the Society of Scottish Artists annual open exhibition at the Scottish Royal Academy in Edinburgh.

The private view is today from 2pm-5pm at the Scottish Royal Academy in Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from 23. December 2018 until 17. January 2019.


17. November 2018


A great coming together of men and women created two hours of magic on Thursday afternoon. The commitment of the entire team and all of the participants to the shoot was extraordinary. Everything that was done was done with dignity and a real sense of purpose  –  spectators on the the street loved it. What could easily have been nothing more than a nudist prank turned out to be adventurous and meaningful encounters with beauty and our shared humanity. It could hardly have gone any better…

Here is a link to an article on the BBC NEWS website.


13. November 2018

The beautiful STOKES CROFT EXPOSED is now only two days away!

On Thursday 15. November between 11am and 3pm you are invited to become part of a beautiful collaborative fine art nude photography experience at CORNER77 on Stokes Croft.

Together and in groups of thirteen people at a time we will create deeply evocative tableaus of nude bodies that will reflect ideas of shared humanity, dignity, community and the beauty and strength of our bodies and souls.

Created away from the public gaze, the tableaus we arrive at will then be presented to the people passing on the street via the large window front facing Stokes Croft, photographed and exhibited in Bristol and beyond at a later date.

Everyone over the age of eighteen is welcome to take part – all you need to bring is:


come as you are – make-up, no make-up, pierced or not, shaven or un-shaven everyone is welcome just as they are.

please be sure to have showered before you come to join us.

anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to take part.


if you currently suffer from any kind of infectious disease unfortunately you won’t be able to take part.

Please contact me  if you think you might like to participate and do share the event with your friends and acquaintances.

I very much look forward to hearing from you and to working with you on Thursday!


23. October 2017

My new exhibition with portraits from this years St. Pauls Carnival is now open at The Arts House on Stokes Croft in Bristol.

Arts House Show from Claudio Ahlers on Vimeo.


7. October 2018

I am absolutely delighted to have met Hossein Farmani –  creative director, galerist, exhibition curator, philanthropist and founder and president of the Lucie Awards in New York City, International Design Awards, Px3, Paris Photo Prize , London Creative Awards, Focus on AIDS and the  Farmani Gallery when I travelled to Moscow to attend the opening reception of the Moscow International Photography Awards on 19. September 2018.

I have now been invited to accompany the exhibition in December 2018 when it travels to Crimea.


17. September 2018

I am delighted to have received an Honourable Mention for my photo of Gabriel from my series “Colours”.

I will be attending the Winners reception in Moscow at Photo Center, Moscow on 19. September.


5. June 2018

My photograph of Gabriel Chuen from my ongoing series COLOURS has received a silver medal at this year’s  San Francisco Bay International Photo Show.

Silver Medal Award photographs will be published on the Bokeh Bokeh Photo website, and will be displayed on a screen during the Celebration Reception on September 7 2018 at the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, California.


4. June 2018

Today sees the publication of my first film…

SOAK is the debut poetry collection by poet extraordinaire Isadora Vibes.

To be published this September by Burning Eye Books.

written and performed by Isadora Vibes

cinematography, edit and sound design by Claudio Ahlers

concept by:  the magic of a moment


1. June 2018

COLOR SPACE: Contemporary Photography at Black Box Gallery  in Portland, Oregon, USA showing my photograph of Christelle Pellecuer from my ongoing series COLOURS opens today.


24. June 2018

FACES at Site: Brooklyn  in Brooklyn, New York opens today with my photograph of Gabriel Chuen from my ongoing series COLOURS.

You can view the exhibition catalog here.


21. May 2018

My photograph of Christelle from my COLOURS series has now also been selected to be shown at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA as part of their COLOR SPACE exhibition from 1. – 28. June 2018.

FACES, which will feature a print of my photograph of Gabriel will open at Site: Brooklyn  this Friday 25. May 2018 –  reception 6pm-9pm.


20. May 2018

Twenty-Four signed artist prints from my 24H OUR CITY project are now on sale at PRSC – The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, Jamaica Street Bristol.

Limited Edition postcards will also be available before long. A selection of portraits from the project will also shortly be available to buy via their web shop.


15. May 2018

My current exhibition of 24H OUR CITY is still on until 18. May 2018 at THE SPACE,  PRSC, 17-25 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2 8JP.

10am-6pm daily


8. May 2018 

My photographs of Gabriel Chuen and Chistelle Pellecuer from my series COLOURS have been shortlisted for the final round of judging for this year’s International Photography Exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society.

Results from the final selection day with be announced on 27. June 2018.


27. April 2018

My photograph of Gabriel Chuen from my  series COLOURS will be on show at Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York from 25. May – 24. June 2018 as part of their upcoming exhibition of contemporary photography FACES.


11. April 2018

My photograph of Gabriel from my ongoing series COLOURS has received an honourable mention in the “People” category of the “One Shot Harmony” competition by the prestigious International Photography Awards.

I am delighted!


3. February 2018

My current exhibition 24H OUR CITY – The People of the Croft which was created in collaboration with installation artist Sarah Middleton features portraits of the people of Stokes Croft, photographed over a twenty-four hour period in a living room especially built by Sarah and placed on the pavement in Stokes Croft from 8am on 5. December to 8am  the following morning 6. December 2017.

Door are open daily from 10am to 9.30pm at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol.


20. December 2017

One of my photographs of Liz Crow’s anti austerity performance FIGURES:

has been used for the cover of Robert McRuer’s new book CRIP TIMES.

I am very pleased that Liz’s great work is part of this important analysis and discussion about austerity and its wide ranging effects on all of our lives today.


18. December 2017

Me and my co-creator Sarah Middleton will be on BBC Radio Bristol tomorrow at 5.30pm talking to Laura Rawlings  about the 24H OUR CITY photography project – our 24 hour guerrilla portrait photography installation which we realised on Stokes Croft on 5. December 2017 .


18. October 2017

I am delighted to announce that two of my photographs have been invited for this years Nude Night in Miami, Florida USA.
The show runs from 9.-11. November at the C&L Warehouse 2400 NW 5th Ave. Miami, FL 33127.


3. October 2017

I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by the editors of the distinguished Lifeframer to be featured with this image from my current “Colours” series as part of their Editors Pick for their Open Call 2017.

Judges for their ongoing photography competitions include

Steve McCurry


Katerina Stathopoulou

Curator at Museum of Modern Art

Alison Morley

Chair  of Documentary Program , International Center of Photography, in New York

Lifeframer have also invited me to contribute to their permanent online collection of photography and I will create a gallery on their website in the week ahead.

I am absolutely thrilled


8. June 2017

I have been invited by La Galleria Pall Mall, London to submit a selection of photographs for their open summer exhibition 2017.


6. June 2017

I am absolutely delighted that my work is now represented by

Limited edition prints in four sizes of six images from my “In Green” series are now available via their website.


29. May 2017

I am delighted to have been invited by the curators of LensCulture to create a portfolio page on their website.


21. May 2017

Limited edition prints from a number of recent series are now available to purchase from the Prints and Store pages.


9. August 2016

Efa in Green No. 1 from my recent series Efa in Green has won an Honourable Mention at the competition awards ceremony at Art Through The Lens at The Yeiser Arts Centre  in Paducah, Kentucky, USA.


7. August 2016

Efa in Green now framed and hung at The Yeiser Arts Centre in Paducah, Kentucky for “Art Through the Lens 2016” until 24. September 2016.

Efa in Green @The Yeiser by Claudio Ahlers-1
Efa in Green @The Yeiser by Claudio Ahlers-2

You can find video impressions from the opening night here.


23. July 2016

Efa in Green has now been printed as a c-type by Spectrum Photo and is currently being shipped to the USA. It will arrive at The Right Angle in Paducah Kentucky on Monday, where it will be framed and then delivered to The Yeiser Arts Centre to be shown at their Art Through The Lens exhibition from 6. August.



7. July 2016

This photograph from my Efa in Green series has been selected in this year’s Art Through The Lens competition at The Yeiser Arts Centre in Paducah, Kentucky in the United States.

The exhibition will run from 6. August until 24. September 2016


30. June 2016

Volume V of THE OPÉRA is now widely available and you can find a flick-through online here.

And here are a few images from the magazine launch on 23. June in Stuttgart.

Opera Vernissage 1
Opera Vernissage 2
Opera Vernissage 4


23.June 2016

Classical and Contemporary Fine Art Nude Photography annual THE OPÉRA has been launched last week in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Opéra - Launch Event 18.6.16 page 2_Page_1
The Opéra - Launch Event 18.6.16 page 2_Page_2

Six images from my recent series Im Dunkeln are in this year’s edition.

The magazine is widely available in art book stores, museums and photography galleries across the world. The current issue is also available online here.


13.June 2016

Three images from the private view for the launch at the exhibition at Achtzig Galerie in Berlin on 10.6.2016.

Private View at Achtzig Gallery Berlin 2
Private View at Achtzig Gallery Berlin 5
Private View at Achtzig Gallery Berlin 4


31. May 2016

Out of The River of Time

Out of the River of Time_Claudio Ahlers_poster two

I will be artist in residence at SPACE Bristol every day from 14.-18. June 2016 from 12-6pm.


18. May 2016

Selected images from my series BODIES & SOULS will be shown at the ACHTZIG GALERIE in Berlin from 10. June – 14. Juli this year.

For more information please visit:


26. April 2016

A selection of images from my series Bodies & Souls currently on show at Hardy House Gallery, Box will be published by international fine art photography annual THE OPÉRA in June this year.


22. April 2016

My current exhibition Body Language  together with artists Zsolt Dudas and Nina Roberts at Hardy House Gallery, Box Wiltshire has been extended until 14. May 2016.


12. April 2016

Impressions form current BODY LANGUAGE exhibition with Zsolt Dudas and Nina Roberts at Hardy House Gallery.

Body Language Exhibition at Hardy House Gallery from Claudio Ahlers on Vimeo.


2. April 2016 

Yesterday’s private view for Body Language at Hardy House Gallery was a great success.

Body Language Private View-12

Please read more here.


25. March 2016

The private view for Body Language my exhibition with Nina Roberts and Zsolt Dudas is now on 1. April 2016 from 6-9pm at Hardy House Gallery, High Street, Box.



29. February 2016

My work is now being represented by Jenny Pollitt‘s Lane House Arts Gallery in Bath.

I am delighted that Lane House Arts will show my Bodies & Souls series together with Nina Roberts‘ and Zsolt Dudas‘ work in collaboration with Hardy House Gallery in April this year.


27. February 2016

Today I was invited to take photos in the press pit at the London Fashion Weekend 2016 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Impressions of London Fashion Weekend 2016 by Claudio Ahlers No. 7

Please go here for some images from today’s shoot.


5. February 2016

SHADOW LOVERS is being shown at  PAPER ARTS GALLERY as part of their latest group exhibition SHOW SOME LOVE in Broadmead, Bristol from 4. – 17. February 2016.

Shadow Lovers by Claudio Ahlers



My photograph of Victoria Bourne and Chris Harper of The Husky Tones is now on show at The Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo as part of this year’s Portrait Salon exhibition.

Portrait by Claudio Ahlers at Stronghold Gallery Tokyo


8. December 2015

THE WHITE WOMAN  at the opening night at Paper Arts Gallery, Bristol.

The White Woman by Claudio Ahlers @PAper Arts Gallery


2. December 2015

THE WHITE WOMAN will be shown  at  PAPER ARTS GALLERY as part of their Christmas group exhibition 100 UNDER ONE HUNDRED in Broadmead, Bristol from 8. December 2015 until 5. January 2016.

The opening night is on Tuesday 8. December from 6-8pm.

The White Woman No. 1 by Claudio Ahlers


24. November 2015

A short film about BODIES & SOULS.


21. November 2015

BODIES & SOULS is still at PAPER ARTS GALLERY in Broadmead, Bristol until 30. November 2015.

You can read an interview about the work on this series here.

Bodies and Souls by Claudio Ahlers


20. November 2015

Victoria Bourne, Chris Harper and I attended the private view for the Portrait Salon 2015  where we were delighted to see my photograph of Chris and Victoria on the wall amongst 352 other great photographs.

Chis Harper and Victoria Bourne at Portrait Salon 2015
Claudio Ahlers at Portrait Salon 2015


3. October 2015

My portrait of Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper has been accepted by this year’s Portrait Salon.

Chris Harper&Victoria Bourne by Claudio Ahlers Portrait Salon 2015

All of the images in the Salon including my portrait will be shown at The Tea Room Gallery in London from 19.- 22. November 2015.

In February 2016 the exhibition will also travel to Japan to the The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo as part of a project called ‘I / Land’ in association with Miniclick and photography curator and editor Yumi Goto.


29. September 2015

As part of a collaborative piece with my friend and poet extraordinaire Isadora Vibes entitled “cold shoulder”, one of my photographs is now for sale together with her beautiful poetry at this year’s Venice Biennale in the Venice Vending Machine.

Cold Shoulder


25. May 2015

For the second year running my work has been selected for the Grant Bradley Gallery’s summer exhibition New Visions V.

NEW VISIONS is the gallery’s annual open submissions show that aims to represent a broad cross section of artist’s work being produced in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

The exhibition  will run from 6. June – 1. August 2015.

The Plea by Claudio Ahlers
Solar Eclipse 2015 - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg No. 4 by Claudio Ahlers







19. October 2014

Next week I’ll be in residence at The EDWARDIAN CLOAKROOMS in Bristol with my photography project PORTRAITS OF PRIVATE PERCEPTIONS.

Portraits in the Name of Love No.1 by Claudio Ahlers

During the one week residency visitors will be invited to have their portrait taken next to two especially created, larger than life, erotic sculptures which I am placing in the Gents and Ladies sections of this listed former public conveniences building respectively.

Selected images from these sittings will then be printed and added to the exhibition at the venue.

Please follow this link to an article on the BBC Bristol website about my project.


26. May 2014

My portrait photography project “Portraits in the Name of Love” will now be shot on 8. June 2014 at Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW between 10.00am and 5.00pm.

Men and women between the ages of 18 and 108  are invited to have their portrait taken next to two especially created, theatrically lit, larger than life erotic sculptures.

The resulting photographs will hopefully reflect intimate emotions, playful interactions, personal perceptions and most importantly the depth of attraction towards the opposite sex as well as feelings about one’s own gender.

If you would like to be part of this project please write to me using the Contact tab of this website for more information.


24. May 2014

My photograph “The Living Room – Frame No. 8” has now been selected to be shown at this year’s summer exhibition at The Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol.

The Living Room - Frame No.8

Part of a larger project shot in 2013 this image will feature as part of a slideshow and stills photography installation at an upcoming exhibition entitled The Living Room.

NEW VISIONS is the gallery’s annual open submissions show that aims to represent a broad cross section of the current arts scene in Bristol and the surrounding area.

The exhibition  will run from 7. June – 2. August 2014.


2. May 2014

Unfortunately my image “13:07” was not amongst the final ten photographs that were selected to be shown at the ROYAL ACADEMY at this year’s summer exhibition.


17. March 2014

Office Block, Bristol-1

My photograph “13:07” has been selected for the final round of judging for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the ROYAL ACADEMY in London.

The final results will be announced on 2. May 2014.

I am delighted to have made the second round with a second entry to a Royal Academy open exhibition  in six months.


15. November 2013

My triptych “Day Twenty” has not been named amongst the finalists that will be shown at this year’s open exhibition at the RWA in Bristol.


24. October 2013

I am delighted that my triptych “Day Twenty” has been selected for the final round of judging at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND ‘s 161 open exhibition.

Day Twenty by Claudio Ahlers_

The work (210 x 70 cm) is now being printed and framed by Niche Frames here in Bristol and will then be delivered to the Academy for the final judging day on 10. November 2013.