LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border


My name is Stefan Falke, a German photographer based in New York. I am currently working on a long-term project about artists along the US Mexican border in order to document the abundant cultural activities in a region portrayed by the international media mostly with the sole focus on violent crimes.

I created this website to promote and organize my project. Every person whom I will or have already photographed will be listed and shown here over time.

I am planning on traveling along the entire length of the 2000 miles border and photograph painters, photographers, musicians, writers, architects etc… and art institutions and events… and other people who have a positive influence on the border regions.

I started to work on this project in November 2008 and I have already photographed over 70 artists in Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali.
Next I will travel (in sections) to Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevos Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros and smaller towns along the border. I will also visit Brownsville, El Paso, Calexico, San Diego and other border towns and cities on the US side of the border.

Fundraising is unfortunately a necessary part of my efforts. I have just been awarded with a wonderful grant from the German foundation ‘Kulturstiftung VG Bild-Kunst’ in support of my project, but it is not enough yet and I will keep writing grant proposals and knock at potential sponsors doors; in addition I will start a crowd funding effort in about 2 weeks and I am hoping for your support.

About me:

This is not my first long term project; the last one resulted in a beautiful book called MOKO JUMBIES: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad.

But first things first:
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 (I worked on many film sets in Europe, Africa and the US) and I am still glad that I gave up my studies as an engineer way back to become a photographer.

I just LOVE photography, for me this profession is a privilege.

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 for references.

My work is represented and distributed by the German photo agency laif ( with partner agencies worldwide.

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