Stephan Vanfleteren

Brussels, Belgium

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Belgian, 1969

Stephan Vanfleteren's career began as a staff photographer for the newspaper De Morgen. He continued to contribute to its weekend magazine as a freelancer until 2009.

His radical black and white social documentary work covers the disappearing phenomena of everyday life in his homeland, Belgium. Over the years, Stephan has worked in conflict zones such as Kosovo, Rwanda and Afghanistan. His intense portrait photography captures the essence of humanity in subjects ranging from the ordinary man to top politicians, sports idols and celebrities.

Stephan is a six time winner of the prestigious World Press Photo awards among a number of other international prizes.

He has exhibited in Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Liverpool and Verona.

His books include: Elvis & Presley (Kruse Verlag, 2001) a road trip across America dressed as Elvis Presley with photographer Robert Huber; Flandrien (Mertz, 2005) on the Flemish obsession with cycling; Belgicum (Lannoo 2007) an enigmatic portrayal of Belgium and Portret 1989 2009 (Lannoo 2009).

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For over 100 years, the IBIS Royal Work school in Bredene has been educating disadvantaged and orphaned boys, giving them the support and encouragement which their parents were unable to provide.

Charleroi, il est clair que le gris est noir (Charleroi, it is clear that grey is black) is not just a visual journey through a city in decline.

10 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed over 230,000 people across the region, Stephan Vanfleteren meets some of the survivors in Sri Lanka where tens of thousands died on that day.

Far removed from the sun-drenched glamour of the Tour de France, the Flandrien are the heroes of the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix, cycle races which specialise in some of the worst roads and weather conditions imaginable in bike racing.

Just clouds, horizon and water: the fisherman’s holy trinity.

DR Congo celebrates 50 years of independence.

The result of two decades of work, Belgicum is a unique document about a country in search of a raison d’etre~~Stephan Vanfleteren has spent many memorable moments of his photographic career photographing the villages, bars, derelict factories, misty landscapes, boarded up shops and colourful individuals that make Belgium such a diverse and fascinating corner of Europe.

In hectic São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities, there are thousands of skyscrapers, a veritable forest of tropical towers that makes your head spin.

For over 30 years, the charity Mercy Ship has been treating patients who can’t afford treatment in its floating hospital anchored off the coast of developing countries.

Between 1943 and 1945, Nazi Germany built a vast system of defensive battlements along the Atlantic coast, stretching from northern Norway to the Pyrenees.

Belgium’s national football team is through to the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.