Spinning Plates, 2011, by Oliver Stegmann

Oliver Stegmann

was born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. Considering the fact that his late teenager years, pictures has turn out to be a crucial medium to convey himself. Skillfully, however, he took a distinctive route, finding out economics and now doing the job in a administration posture. He is married and a father of two daughters.

From early on, Oliver Stegmann was fascinated by the phenomenon that a picture can seize a distinctive condition which might hardly ever appear back again. A powerful photograph becomes a real gift of the second when it manages to capture some type of thriller or magic.

He has always had a passion for observing people today. Their feelings, facial expressions, interactions, functions and private moments. For Oliver Stegmann, photographing individuals is a way to talk with them. Excellent masters of road and documentary pictures like William Klein, Eugene W. Smith, Robert Frank or Josef Koudelka have very a great deal impressed his way of having photographs.

“I enjoy music, but I have never ever performed an instrument. So the camera has turn into the “instrument” for my imaginative perform: I compose images alternatively of songs.» On several visits to unique continents, he has continually labored on bettering his skills as a photographer and on building his individual visible language. He participated in different workshops of perfectly-known photographers these as Mary Ellen Mark, Anders Petersen or Ernesto Bazan. «I prefer black and white photography due to the fact leaving out the colors, the way we commonly see the earth, directs the viewer’s eye to the essence of the image.”

Till 2007 he photographed completely with black-and-white movie and created all prints in his have darkroom. He then begun scanning the negatives, enhancing them in Photoshop and building high-quality artwork prints. Two a long time afterwards, he begun to also use electronic cameras.

His extended-phrase challenge on circuses guiding the scenes was revealed as a photo reserve with the title CIRCUS NOIR in 2021. In his most current project, he documents the passions that persons pursue in their absolutely free time in associations and clubs.