Heinz Stephan Tesarek, born in 1976 in Vienna, is a documentary photographer, journalist and the founder of ZWISCHENZEIT ONLINE.

He reported on the wars in disintegrating Yugoslavia, on the ‘war against terror’ in Afghanistan and on Islamist terror in the Caucasus and Europe. From 2001 until 2005 he lived in Moscow reporting on Russia and eastern European countries. After returning to Vienna, he began working on the copiously illustrated book, Zwischenzeit – The First Decade.

In 2015/2016 Tesarek documented the refugee crisis in Europe, the recruiting activities of the Koran dissemination campaign LIES! (READ!) closely associated with the IS as well as the attack on the music festival Ansbach Open. In 2018 he published the cycle of photographs, Addendum – Living and Dying in Times of Refugee Crisis and War in Syria, an extension of the Zwischenzeit series. The work has focused on the questionability of the sources reporting from Syria, especially the civil defence organization White Helmets.

Since 1991 Tesarek has been reporting on social and political topics in more than 50 countries. His photographs have appeared in News, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. He has been awarded several prizes, including the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence and the Objektiv photographic award for Austrian press photo of the year in 2011 and 2013.


World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 2002 – Nominee
Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 2010 – Award of Excellence
New York Photo Awards 2011 – Honorable Mention
Austrian Press Photo Award 2011 – Press Photo of the Year
Austrian Press Photo Award 2011 – Best Picture (Chronicle)
Austrian Press Photo Award 2011 – Best Photo Reportage
Nikolai Safonov Prize 2011 – Honorary Prize
CNN Journalist Award 2012 – Nominee
Austrian Press Photo Award 2012 – Nominee (Art & Culture)
VIPA 2012 for Documentary Photography – Finalist
Austrian Press Photo Award 2013 – Press Photo of the Year
Austrian Press Photo Award 2013 – Best Photo Reportage
German Photobook Award 2014 – Nominee (Zwischenzeit)
Austrian Press Photo Award 2015 – Nominee (Economy)
Austrian Press Photo Award 2016 – Best Picture (Economy)

Editorial Clients

Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Merian, brand eins, Manager Magazin, FAZ, The New York Times, Forbes (US), Businessweek (US), People (US), Newsweek (PL), The Sunday Times, News, Augustin, The Red Bulletin, La Repubblica, NZZ, Le Point and others.

Corporate Clients

World Economic Forum, Honda, Shell, IBM, Oracle, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, T-Mobile, Siemens, Lucent Technologies, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Economist Group, Bechtel, Porr, H&M, REWE, Red Bull, DB Schenker, Gebrüder Weiss, Welser Profile, RuRu, Casinos Austria, Swiss Life, Uniqa, Raiffeisen Capital Management, and others.

Single Exhibitions

Zwischenzeit / Dom Kultury, Pushino, Russia, 2012
Zwischenzeit / Gallery West 46, Vienna, Austria, 2013
Zwischenzeit – Quo vadis Europa? / Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2016
Zwischenzeit: Addendum – Living and Dying in Times of Refugee Crisis and War in Syria / Gallery Lumina, Vienna, Austria, 2018