La Frontera Project

My name is Stefan Falke (stefanfalke.com), I am a German photographer living in New York City.

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

And, the current political climate in the United States makes it more important than ever to show the human face of this border. No words needed here.

I have traveled to most major cities along the entire length of the 2000 miles border and photographed painters, photographers, musicians, writers, architects … in Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevos Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros as well as 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, a second one on Indiegogo  in 2016.

See first fundraiser video here, second video here.

I am always looking for new sponsors and funding for the continuation of my work, the search for new talent on the border and to create an interactive, educational and entertaining website (this one is temporary), and the production of a US/Mexico book about the project (a book about the project was published in Germany already).

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 / New York ( supported by the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New York and Washington DC, and BRIC Media House, Brooklyn) and at the Triennial of Photography / Hamburg (Germany) and at Deutsches Haus at NYU in New York. New exhibitions in 2016: At the Goethe Institut Washington, DC, and, in November, on the Tijuana border fence at San Ysidro Port of Entry. 

Many more planned, next in Mexicali, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas.

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

200 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10001



tel (+1) 917 – 214 9029


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