Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has worked with photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures. Over the past 15 years he has worked as a photo editor & researcher for a number of photo agencies and publications in Germany, the UK, the USA and Switzerland, notably for magazines like GEO (2002-2006) and DU – Die Zeitschrift der Kultur (2008-2013). Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and festival presentations for East Wing (Dubai) and the FORMAT International Photography Festival (UK). He was also a contributing author to the photo-book ‘Deposit’ by Yann Mingard, and in 2016 he was chief curator of Krakow Photomonth in Poland.
He received his Master of Arts degree in Curating and Museum Education, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His thesis examined the future of photographic institutions in relation to changes taking place within photographic practice and theory. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).