Good news for the project: The online FORWARD THINKING MUSEUM is exhibiting LA FRONTERA in a solo show with about 120 photos. Enjoy the show !!
Dear reader, I am happy to announce that the website for this project, a monumental task really, is fully built and online now.
Earlier attempts were not complete and changed the look ! Please go to http://borderartists.com and enjoy lots of artists rom the border under one ‘roof’. Check out the thanks page (http://borderartists.com/thanks-2/) if you backed this project your name is in it. Thanks for visiting http://borderartists.com/ !!
Dear friends and funders,
I am writing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, I arrived here today after 4 days in El Paso where I had a long planned photo shoot with a very interesting artist. More on that soon on facebook or the project’s website borderartists.com
I went back to Brooklyn for the holidays and where I also sorted out the new images from the last trip. I must say it is all looking very good. I am getting (even) more excited about the project as I go along, it really takes shape and many more people get interested in it. Tomorrow I will be accompanied by a NPR radio reporter here in Juarez, NPR will do a story about the project. Next is that I am giving a lecture about it at the prestigious Rubin Center in El Paso on February 5th. I am attaching a map with my travel plan, but things might change because I probably need much more time in Juarez than I thought I needed. This is the center of the border (The Atlantic 1000 miles to the left, the Pacific 1000 miles to the right) and the biggest city on it.
Besides my photo shoots with the artists I am keeping busy with filling up the new website http://borderartists.com with images of all artists I photographed along the border. That takes a lot of time, I add one or two on most days. The website will be important one day because it will show and link artists from the entire border. That has never been done before. I will keep you posted as always on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/LaFronteraArtistsAlongT...) or here here and thank you again for your support !!!
Dear funders and followers,
just a quick update on my journey along the border. As most of you already know I started this segment of the project on November 19th on the eastern end of the border, in Brownsville, Texas, and then Matamoros, Mexico, both near the Atlantic Ocean. Many great artists live in these two cities, which are really one, divided only by a big border fence. And different circumstances. And the Rio Grande. It was hard to leave the area because I quickly made great friends and I am really hoping to be able to return one day soon. That is also very true for my next stops, McAllen and especially Reynosa. The people I met and photographed there really made me feel at home. It is a shame that the circumstances of live are very difficult in the region because of the continuous violence caused by the wars between drug cartels and mayhem caused by other dark elements. But many artists I am meeting with could leave for the US but don’t, taking pride in doing their work in their cities. The same was true for Matamoros and I am sure to find equally brave artists in Nuevo Laredo today and later in Juarez. That is where I will end this part of the journey and go home to New York on December 19th. I will return to Juarez and El Paso on January 9th.
All in all I have met and photographed over 35 wonderful new artists on this part of the border already, the work is very rewarding and I am waking up every day wondering about the great person I will meet next !!
In case you know anybody who would still like to help fund this project … please direct them to my blog at http://stefanfalkephotography.blogspot.com there is a donation button on the upper right side. I will also post new photos from the border there very soon.
and, last not least, please follow http://www.facebook.com/LaFronteraArtistsAlongT....
Thank you all for your support, best, Stefan
Dear friends and backers of his project,
the final amount of funds is $8,835 !! Thanks to you and a grant from German “Kulturstiftung der VG Bild und Kunst” I will continue my work next week. I booked a flight to Houston, Texas, for Monday, November 19th, and will drive from there down to Brownsville and later Matamoros; those two are the most eastern cities on the border. I am going west from there and hope to reach El Paso and Juarez about a month later. This work needs a lot of time and patience. I have contacted many great artists along the border with Texas already but I will find others while there. I’ll go back to New York for Christmas and New Years, then return to El Paso/Juarez where I will spend more time than in other places, given the size of the city of Juarez and its many great artists. Lots to do there. Then my journey will lead me further west towards Baja California, but I don’t know how far I will get with my funds and I am not worried about it right now, first things first.
Some people asked if they could donate money for the project even after the fundraiser had closed, so I installed a ‘Donate’ button on my blog at http://stefanfalkephotography.blogspot.com on the upper right side. I am working on having one on my website too soon.
My dear friend Joe Salters, who works in the movie business and writes scripts for his own short films, has become the first funder using the blog. Thanks Joe !!!
I will keep you posted and again, thank you all who helped funding this project or shared it with their networks !!