Spinning Plates, 2011, by Oliver Stegmann

Fascinating World of Traveling Circuses by Oliver Stegmann

Oliver Stegmann

was born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. Because his late teenager several years, pictures has grow to be a essential medium to categorical himself. Professionally, however, he took a diverse path, learning economics and now functioning in a administration place. He is married and a father of two daughters.

From early on, Oliver Stegmann was fascinated by the phenomenon that a image can seize a distinctive situation which could possibly never arrive back. A potent photograph gets a genuine present of the minute when it manages to capture some kind of secret or magic.

He has generally experienced a passion for observing folks. Their emotions, facial expressions, interactions, functions and personal moments. For Oliver Stegmann, photographing men and women is a way to converse with them. Good masters of street and documentary pictures like William Klein, Eugene W. Smith, Robert Frank or Josef Koudelka have really a great deal influenced his way of taking shots.

“I love music, but I have by no means played an instrument. So the digicam has become the “instrument” for my innovative function: I compose photographs alternatively of tracks.» On a lot of visits to distinctive continents, he has continuously worked on strengthening his abilities as a photographer and on acquiring his own visual language. He participated in many workshops of nicely-acknowledged photographers these as Mary Ellen Mark, Anders Petersen or Ernesto Bazan. «I desire black and white photography because leaving out the hues, the way we usually see the earth, directs the viewer’s eye to the essence of the graphic.”

Until finally 2007 he photographed exclusively with black-and-white film and built all prints in his personal darkroom. He then started off scanning the negatives, enhancing them in Photoshop and creating high-quality art prints. Two yrs later on, he started out to also use digital cameras.

His extended-time period venture on circuses driving the scenes was released as a photo book with the title CIRCUS NOIR in 2021. In his hottest challenge, he files the passions that men and women pursue in their absolutely free time in associations and clubs.