Lydia Polzer was born in 1978 in East Germany. She has lived in the UK since 1997. After completing a BA at City University in London she went on to work as production editor at specialist monthly publication Dancing Times for three years before going freelance and graduated from an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2007. She currently works as print media designer, photographer and journalist and is a guest lecturer in magazine and newspaper design and production at Brunel University. In 2007 she won the Independent and UNESCO world press freedom award for journalism.