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.
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).
Solo exhibitions of LA FRONTERA: Casa del Tunel (Tijuana, Mexico), Casa Familiar (San Ysidro, California), The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, DC), IMAS Museum (McAllen, Texas), Cervantes (Frankfurt, Germany), The Mexican Embassy Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany), Photoville 2014 (Brooklyn, NY, supported by the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New York and Washington DC, and BRIC Media House, Brooklyn), The Triennial of Photography 2015 (Hamburg, Germany), Deutsches Haus (New York City), Goethe Institut (Washington DC), Festival Tijuana Interzona (on the border fence at San Ysidro Port of Entry, Tijuana, Mexico 2016), Galeria 409 (Brownsville, Texas, 2017), CEART (Mexicali, Mexico, 2017), SDSU Gallery (San Diego, USA, 2017) , D.A.I. Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany, 2017), German-American Institute (Stuttgart, Germany, 2018)
The project was featured by The New York Times, BBC, The Huffington Post, Wired.com, The Forward Thinking Museum and many many others, see Press.
I work for international magazines, film studios and corporate clients ands I live in New York City.
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
phone (+1) 917 – 214 9029
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