Stefan Boness

Berlin, Germany

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German, 1963

Stefan Boness is a photojournalist based between Berlin and Manchester. He has received several awards for his work, including a World Press Photo award and his work is published by newspapers and magazines worldwide.

He concentrates on long-term documentary projects which consider the reality of place in the context of past events and brings a consciously historical dimension to contemporary perspectives. He has published several of his projects as books.

'Flanders Fields' is a photographic meditation on the battlefields of World War I in the region around Ypres in Belgium. In 'Asmara – Africa's Jewel of Modernity' Stefan shows the legacy of Italian colonial avant-garde architecture in the capital of Eritrea. 'Tel Aviv - The White City' looks at the modernist principles of the Bauhaus school in Tel Aviv which underpinned the realisation of Israel and 'The Re-Making of Manchester' focuses on the tremendous changes which have left their mark on the city since the industrial revolution, the subsequent collapse of industry in the city and the current regeneration effort. In ‘Japan - Fleeting Encounters’ he captures the lush spirit of Japanese spring and creates the melancholic portrait of a modern country with deeply engrained attachment to ancient rituals.

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The face mask has come to symbolise the Corona virus pandemic that has spread across the globe in the course of 2020 and altered daily life, economies and societies in ways previously unimaginable in the space of a few months.

What began as a protest against a small increase in metro fares in October 2019 has turned into a mass movement for dramatic changes to the country’s economic and political system.

The streets of Eritrea’s capital in the run-up to the 2019 Independence Day celebrations on May 24 were unusually quiet.

One hundred years after the foundation of the hugely influential Bauhaus school in Weimar by Walter Gropius, Stefan Boness documents the eclectic architectural intricacies of Tel Aviv, one of the greatest concentrations of Bauhaus architecture in the world.

Sakura or cherry blossom is intimately identified with Japanese culture.

Whether dachshund, Persian cat, dwarf hamster, rabbit, turtle, guinea pig or singing canary – most people’s most faithful furry or feathered companions usually end up being shredded at a disposal facility with slaughterhouse waste and made into soap or biodiesel.

Once held up as a beacon of hope in Africa, Eritrea is now more often referred to as a militarised camp ruled by an authoritarian regime.

hana no kage aka no tanin wa nakari keri In the shadow of the cherry blossom complete strangers there are none Kobayashi Issa (17621826) Sakura or cherry blossom is intimately identified with Japanese culture.

80 years after the 31st Olympiad launched in Rio de Janeiro, the first Games to take part in South America, the facilities for an earlier, highly controversial competition are rusting and crumbling on the outskirts of Berlin.

The “High Street” is a peculiarly British notion that doesn’t necessarily denote a physical street in the traditional sense but describes the commercial and cultural centre of villages, towns and cities across the country where locals congregate to buy their food and other household requirements and look for services like banking and pharmacies.

The elderly gentlemen who frequent the many coffee bars in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital, dressed in European suits, fashionable hats and hand-made leather shoes refer to themselves as “Asmarinos”.

9 November 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As the UK prepared for a general election on May 6th widely seen as the most important in a generation, party leaders criss-crossed the country in search of votes.

The Eritrean capital, Asmara, is a showcase of 1930s Italian Art Deco architecture.

In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row The opening lines of John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, written in 1915 on a scrap of paper upon the back of a fellow Canadian soldier.

Twenty years on, little is left of the Berlin Wall.

Southern Street in Salford, Greater Manchester was a row of Victorian terraced houses typical of those built in this former industrial heartland of Britain.

Hoyerswerda was once a boom-town – a model vision of GDR socialism, built around a large coal and gas plant.

Manchester as the birthplace of the industrial revolution has always been a symbol for radical change.

In its short history, Eritrea – the Land of the Red Sea – has seen its fair share of upheaval and violence.

A fitting monument to Germany’s ill-fated colonial ambitions at the beginning of the 20th century, the former mining town of Kolmanskop, a few kilometres inland from the colonial-era trading post of Lüderitz, is being swallowed by the surrounding desert.

Amongst Berliners, the burning issue at the moment is the creeping, and seemingly unstoppable, gentrification of their city.

On 22 September 2013, Germans cast their votes to determine their next government.