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Bjorn has been photographing since he was eight years old and was among the last generation to still be shooting film and slides before making the full transition to digital in the early-mid 2000s.

Bjorn spent 7 years working for international photography magazine Leica Fotografie International (LFI) who endorsed him as a travel photographer and writer working from Asia, the Middle East and Europe. His photo blog was featured on Leicas official website. Bjorn has had numerous publications in LFI, culminating in a feature story and cover photo in LFI 2/2009. His photographs were selected as photo of the day on LFI website; four of his photographs won a Daily Deviation Award on the Deviantart online art network which has more than 9 million registered members.

Bjorn was exclusive photographer at the infamous Wacken heavy metal festival in northern Germany where he photographed the metal heads attending the festival in a controlled tent studio. This work was published in Designers Digest Magazine.

Also Bjorn was assistant photographer to Aryono Huboyo Djati ( at the 2012 Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he came close to musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin. 

Today, Bjorn lives in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, Indonesia. As a partner in a film company, Bjorn has worked on numerous film projects with United Nations and the BBC, which have led him and his team to some of the least accessible regions in the heart of Borneo and other places in Indonesia. He uses the opportunities granted to him through his film work to continue to document his experience through his original passion, photography.

He enjoys privileged access to the worlds largest orangutan rehabilitation center run by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), which in 2013 together with BOSF Germany resulted in a joint photographic exhibition of orangutan photographs in a prime location at the worlds largest environmental photo festival in Zingst, northern Germany. These large photographs went on a travelling exhibition to the Rostock Zoo in Germany.  

Bjorn is passionate about the subject of development and conservation, which he continues to explore through his work as a filmmaker and photographer today.



Orangutan photo story in Leica Fotografie International (publishing date May 2014)


  • Open air photo exhibition at Horizonte Zingst environmental photography festival in Germany
  • Open Air exhibition orangutan photos at Rostock Zoo.

Exclusive-access photographer alongside "Djati" (please see his deviantart account) at Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Indonesia


Leica Fotografie International (LFI), in-house copy editor and travel photographer


          Leica Camera Technology Morocco 2004 and Southeast Asia 2007

          Full feature photographic cover story on Hamburg Hip-Hop culture (LFI02/2009).

    •      ongoing blog 


VICTOR by Hasselblad in-house copy editor


Canon & CQ Communication GmbH Official Festival Photographer at Wacken Heavy Metal Festival world's biggest rock festival



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Björn Vaughn
Artist | Professional | Photography
7 years professional travel photographer & writer
Life-long illustrator (currently inactive)
2010-present: partner in film company based in Borneo, Indonesia

Director of Photography, camera operator, script writer, film director, producer, fixer, ...

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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Came upon your gallery via a photo (Under the Bridge) win Inayatshah's feature on Thailand. I love your gallery!
sydsense Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
are you on other social websites?
BRAINSPLAT Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014
I think there is great authenticism in your pictures. They're very beautiful because they reflect life. It's honest. At the same time there is great humor and lightness in some of the pictures. True art. Keep looking at life through the camera and show us what you see.
transbonja Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bjorn, how are you doing?
I have something to show. This is my friend's project, and i think you will love to see this :D
Check the link--->
radoxist Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi there !
It is nice to see that you like my artworks and thanks for the +fav !
Do not hesitate to add some comments in the future. I would love to read them.

Greetings from Slovakia !
JullezArt Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool gallery, interesting pics
TravisGardenArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Wow, thank you.
Guuski Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
how do you take pictures of people?
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Guuski Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Yes, thanks!
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