Regula Franz is a documentary photographer and instructor who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She is originally from Basel, Switzerland, where she received [the equivalent of] a BA in English, Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History. She moved to America in the mid-eighties as an exchange student to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and later changed career to study photography in Richmond. After meeting her future husband in Mexico in 1993, she lived in Germany for five years, where she worked as a photojournalist and film location scout in Hamburg, and as a senior photo editor at die tageszeitung in Berlin.
On a spiritual quest for many years, she has observed and photographed daily rituals and unfamiliar customs all over the globe, most profoundly on a one-year journey through Southeast Asia and Nepal, which resulted in two solo exhibitions, Signs of Immortality in 2003, and Sacred Encounters in 2006.
Based in Richmond [again] since 1999, she now divides her time between teaching travel and digital classes at various art centers in the U.S., studying Tibetan Bön Buddhism and Yoga in Virginia, printing portfolios at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, and photographing on assignment.