Stefan Falke was born and raised in Paderborn, Germany. After abandoning his civil engineer studies he worked as a photographer's assistant in Munich and later as a silk screen printer in Hamburg. He moved to New York in 1985. Back in Germany in 1994, film studios hired him as a set photographer for movies mostly filmed in Europe and Africa.
Besides working on assignments he started photographing a long-term project about a stilt walking school in the Caribbean titled "Moko Jumbies: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad", which was exhibited at the international photo journalism festival Visa Pour L'Image in 2004 in Perpignan/France and published as a book in New York the same year (by: Pointed Leaf Press). Falke became a member of the prestigious German photo agency "laif / agentur fuer photos und reportagen" in 1999.
For his current long term project La Frontera he traveled along the entire 2000 miles long Mexican/US border to photograph artists in order to show the vibrant cultural side of a region which is portrayed by the international media with the sole focus on violent crime.
Stefan Falke again lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, since 2002.
Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Focus, Geo Spain, Geo Korea, PHOTO, FotoMagazin, Photographie, Cicero, TAZ, Cinema, GQ Germany, ADAC Reisemagazin, Architectural Digest, ELLE, Capital, SonntagsBlick, Cash, SportMagazin, Caribbean Travel & Life, Caribbean Beat, Booklet, La Repubblica Del Donne, Credit Suisse Bulletin, Financial Times Germany, Reader's Digest (USA), ... and many others
Warner Brothers (Germany), Bavaria Film, Constantin Film, NFP Berlin, Josefine Film, UFA
The FORWARD THINKING MUSEUM 2013: "LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border", online
The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C., 2012 - 2013: "LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border"
La Casa Del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico, 2012: "LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border"
La Tentacion Gallery, Tijuana, Mexico, 2012: "New York Fake Polaroids"
Visa Pour l’Image / Perpignan 2011 - evening screening "Machine Gun Show in Kentucky"
Visa Pour l’Image / Perpignan 2008 - evening screening “Camp Hope”
Visa Pour l’Image / Perpignan 2004 - official selection festival print exhibition “Moko Jumbies”
Visa Pour l’Image / Perpignan 2003 - evening screening “Moko Jumbies”