Stefan Boness

Berlin, Germany


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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All Heaven and Earth – Flowered white obliterate -Snow, unceasing snow.

Berliners love their pets and over 860,000 households have one or more of them.

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".

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.

9 November 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event which ultimately heralded the end of communism in Europe.

Germany goes to the polls on 22 September 2013 to elect the 18th Bundestag or parliament.

Once an isolated backwater during the Cold War, Berlin has become one of the most fashionable cities in Europe with a constant stream of tourists from all over the world.

On the southern edge of the great Namib desert, the remains of the former German mining town of Kolmanskop, once one of the richest towns in Africa, are slowly being decimated by wind, sun and sand.

Stefan Boness takes a trip around the Eritrean capital of Asmara, a showcase of 1930s Italian Art Deco architecture.

Stefan Boness visits the fields around Ypres in western Belgium, where Allied and German soldiers died in their hundreds of thousands in the intensive trench warfare of the First World War.

20 years on, Stefan Boness traced the route of the Berlin wall in search of those parts that remain as clues to the city’s past.

The story of a single street illustrates the disappearing cultural heritage of Britain and the immense urban changes taking place in post-industrial cities across Europe.

Once the pride of East Germany’s industrial sector, Hoyerswerda is rapidly turning into a ghost town.