ongoing project since 2008 — US-Mexico
About this series
Stefan Falke documents the vibrant cultural activities along the US – Mexico border since 2008 and photographed over 200 artists along the 2000 miles long divide to show a different side of a region that is usually portrayed with the sole focus on violent crime and illegal immigration.
For the last two years he has been focussing on artists in the region who work specifically with border and migration related issues and/or are migrants themselves, like Alvaro Enciso who puts up crosses where the remains of migrants have been found near the border, or three opera singing women who perform on both sides to promote cross border culture, or Tom Kiefer who collects and photographs migrants possessions taken from them and thrown away by the border patrol.
Photographer: Stefan Falke
Based in: New York City, USA
Stefan Falke lives in New York City and works for international magazines, film studios and corporate clients. He is the author of two books: “MOKO JUMBIES: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad”, a photo essay about a stilt walking school in Trinidad, and “LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US – Mexican Border”, the result of an ongoing project for which he photographed over 200 artists who live and work on both sides of the 2000 miles long US-Mexico border.
His work has been shown in international galleries, photo festivals and museums:
Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan (France), Photoville, Brooklyn, New York (USA), Triennale der Photographie Hamburg (Germany), Festival Tijuana Interzona (Mexico), IMAS – International Museum for Art and Science, McAllen, Texas (USA), The Cervantes Institute, Cultural Institute of Spain, Frankfurt (Germany), Galeria 409, Brownsville, Texas, (USA), The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. (USA), CEART Mexicali, (Mexico), Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York City (USA) … just to name a few.
Falke became a member of the prestigious German photo agency “laif / Agentur für Photos und Reportagen” in 1999 (laif is represented by Redux in the US).