Friede was born in 1986 in Halle (Saale), Germany. For 14 years he played classical violoncello, later on drums in the punk band "206", before studying and graduating in Cinematography at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF).
He is member in the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy (DFA)
and the German Society of Cinematographers (BVK).
The short "Teardrop" won several prizes for Best Cinematography and was nominated for "The Golden Tadpole" at Plus Camerimage. "Dogs Like Us" won the Romanian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography at the Int. Short Film Festival Cinemaiubit in Bucharest. The feature "Two Mothers" by Anne Zohra Berrached was presented at the 63rd Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino and won the DFJW-Prize "Dialogue en perspective" there. The feature documentary "Wasteland - So that no one becomes aware of it", directed by Anne Kodura was nominated for the "Crystal Bear" at the 63rd Berlinale Generation and won several prizes. His official debut feature "Los Ángeles" by Damian John Harper was shot in Mexico, celebrated its world premiere at the 64th Berlinale Forum and won among others the LA Muse Award at LA Film Fest, the First Steps Award and Best Debut Feature at Film Festival Guadalajara FICG. The Film was also presented at Plus Camerimage in the European Panorama. The feature "24 Weeks" directed by Anne Zohra Berrached was presented in Competition at the 66th Berlinale and won the Lola in Silver at the 67th German Film Awards.
Friede Clausz is based in Halle / Leipzig and works worldwide in feature films and feature documentaries.