Markus Schaden was born in 1965 and lives and works in Cologne, Germany. He has been a bookseller since 1985 and, in 1998, he opened the photobook store in Cologne. In 1995, he founded the Schaden publishing house, which publishes limited photography editions and special releases. In 2009, he won the Red Dot Design Award, an international design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Since 2006, Schaden has worked as an editorial journalist for the international photographic magazine Foam, which is published quarterly by the Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam. He was Vice President of German Society of Photography. He has served on the juries of photography festivals in Mannheim, New York, Arles, Paris, Krakow, and Los Angeles. Since 2009, he has give workshops and a masterclass at the Media Academy Cologne on his new program "PhotoBookStudies", starting with Ed van der Elsken’s books.