photo © by Neil Beckerman. Behind me photographs from this project
My name is Stefan Falke, I am a German photographer living in New York.
I created this website for my long-term project ‘LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border’ to show my documentation of the abundant cultural activities in a region portrayed by the international media mostly with the sole focus on violent crimes.
I traveled (in sections) along the entire length of the 2000 miles border in the fall and winter of 2012/13 and photographed painters, photographers, musicians, writers, architects etc … mostly but not exclusively on the Mexican side of the border.
I have portrayed over 150 artists in all major Mexican cities along the border and also a few on the US side. The idea started to develop during my visits to Tijuana in 2008 and 2009.
The cities I visited were Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, Agua Prieta (briefly), Ciudad Juarez, Piedras Negras (briefly), Nuevos Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros. I also photographed artists in Brownsville, McAllen and El Paso (all Texas) on the US side of the border.
The work on this project was made possible by a grant from the German foundation Das Kulturwerk der VG BILD-KUNST and a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo in 2012.
More funding is needed for the next step, the building of a bi-lingual and inter-active website. This website is just a starting point of what is to come. My hope then is that I can continue photographing artists on both sides of the border and possibly connect them all on the website.
Please also visit the project’s facebook page:
I have photographed many reportages and portraits for international magazines in addition to my work as a movie set photographer. I travel extensively for my assignments and I am still glad that I gave up my studies as an engineer way back to become a photographer.
I just LOVE photography.
My last long term project “MOKO JUMBIES: The Dancing Spirits Of Trinidad” resulted in a 216 page photo book published by Pointed Leaf Press in New York; the photos were shown as part of the official selection at the photojournalism festival ‘Visa Pour L’image’ in Perpignan/France and were published in countless magazines around the world.
Please go to my website www.stefanfalke.com for references.
My work is represented and distributed by the German photo agency laif (www.laif.de) with partner agencies (like REDUX Pictures in New York) worldwide.
Stefan Falke Photography, 159 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
firstname.lastname@example.org www.stefanfalke.com tel (+1) 917 – 214 9029