Hosam Katan was born in 1994 in Aleppo, Syria. He started working as a photojournalist for Aleppo Media Center from October 2012. Between 2013 and 2015, he covered the conflict in Aleppo as a freelance photographer for the German magazine “Stern” as well as for Reuters, with whom he published around 1200 pictures within two years. His pictures have been published by New York Times, Washington Post, Die Zeit, Al-Monitor, The Guardian, and many other media outlets. After coming to Germany at the end of 2015, he studied photojournalism as a guest student at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, and the University of Art and Design in Offenbach. In 2017/18 he published the photobook “Yalla Habibi. Living with War in Aleppo” with the Heidelberg publishing house Kehrer. Katan currently lives in Offenbach as a freelance journalist, photojournalist, film maker and public speaker.
Awards he has received include, the Ian Parry Award 2015 (category: highly commended), the annual Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2015, the grand price at the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015, the Nannen award for journalism 2016 (category: special award), as well as the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017 (category: best work by an emerging photographer).
His work was exhibited in various cities and countries, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and New York.