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.
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 www.stefanfalke.com for references.
My work is represented and distributed by the German photo agency laif (www.laif.de) with partner agencies worldwide.
Please also go to http://www.facebook.com/LaFronteraArtistsAlongTheUsMexicanBorder