Spinning Plates, 2011, by Oliver Stegmann

Oliver Stegmann

was born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. Considering that his late teenager a long time, photography has grow to be a vital medium to specific himself. Professionally, nevertheless, he took a distinct path, finding out economics and now doing work in a administration position. He is married and a father of two daughters.

From early on, Oliver Stegmann was fascinated by the phenomenon that a photograph can capture a one of a kind problem which may well hardly ever come back again. A strong photograph results in being a correct present of the minute when it manages to capture some type of secret or magic.

He has generally experienced a enthusiasm for observing folks. Their emotions, facial expressions, interactions, routines and private times. For Oliver Stegmann, photographing people is a way to talk with them. Fantastic masters of avenue and documentary pictures like William Klein, Eugene W. Smith, Robert Frank or Josef Koudelka have quite a lot motivated his way of getting shots.

“I adore audio, but I have by no means played an instrument. So the digital camera has turn out to be the “instrument” for my imaginative work: I compose visuals in its place of songs.» On quite a few excursions to distinctive continents, he has constantly labored on enhancing his competencies as a photographer and on building his very own visible language. He participated in a variety of workshops of well-recognized photographers this kind of as Mary Ellen Mark, Anders Petersen or Ernesto Bazan. «I choose black and white images for the reason that leaving out the hues, the way we commonly see the earth, directs the viewer’s eye to the essence of the impression.”

Right until 2007 he photographed completely with black-and-white movie and created all prints in his very own darkroom. He then started off scanning the negatives, enhancing them in Photoshop and developing wonderful artwork prints. Two decades later on, he started to also use digital cameras.

His extensive-term project on circuses guiding the scenes was revealed as a image reserve with the title CIRCUS NOIR in 2021. In his most current venture, he documents the passions that individuals pursue in their free time in associations and golf equipment.

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