La Frontera Project

My name is Stefan Falke, I am a German photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.

I created this website for my photography project ‘LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border‘ to show my work on the abundant cultural activities in a border region that is usually overlooked or portrayed by the international media with the sole focus on violent crimes.

I traveled to most major cities along the entire length of the 2000 miles border and photographed painters, photographers, musicians, writers, architects …

I visited and photographed about 180 artists in Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevos Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros and also in Brownsville, McAllen, El Paso and San Diego.

The project started in Tijuana in 2008.

At first I financed the project myself until the costs for travel and accommodation became simply to much. The continuation  of the work 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.

Today I am again looking for new sponsors and funding for the search for new talent on the border; the building of a large website (this one is temporary), and the production of a US/Mexico book about the project.

Meanwhile a book was published in Germany in May 2014; I am currently looking for a book publisher in the US and Mexico.

The La Frontera project has so far been exhibited in Tijuana (Mexico), San Ysidro (California), Washington (DC), McAllen (Texas), Frankfurt (Germany) and at PHOTOVILLE 2014 in New York ( supported by the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New York and Washington DC, and BRIC Media House, Brooklyn).

The project was featured by The New York Times, BBC, The Huffington Post, Wired.com, The Forward Thinking Museum and many others.


About me:

I was born and raised in Paderborn, Germany. After abandoning my civil engineer studies I worked as a photographer’s assistant in Munich and later as a silk screen printer in Hamburg. I moved to New York in 1985. Back in Germany in 1994, film studios hired me as a set photographer for movies mostly filmed in Europe and Africa.

My long term project “MOKO JUMBIES: The Dancing Spirits Of Trinidad”, a photo essay about a stilt-walking school in Trinidad, resulted in a book with the same title published by Pointed Leaf Press in New York; the photos were exhibited as part of the official selection at the photojournalism festival ‘Visa Pour L’image’ in Perpignan in France and 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



tel (+1) 917 – 214 9029


Please also visit the project’s facebook page:



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