The long-term documentary projects of German photographer Stefan Boness (born 1963) reflect on urban landscapes through street photography. In Japan, he captures the reality of a modern country within the context of its underlying historical and cultural dimensions.
In Hoyerswerda, German photojournalist Stefan Boness presents an intimate and forlorn portrait of the East German town of Hoyerswerda. With its ten huge complexes of prefabricated slab-construction housing, Hoyerswerda was once a showcase socialist metropolis for the GDR; today it is Germany’s fastest-shrinking city.
Because of its more than 4,000 Bauhaus buildings, Tel Aviv is often called “the White City.” The city center, created in the 1930s and 1940s under the influence of international modernism, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Photographer Stefan Boness captures the unique atmosphere of the city, juxtaposing classical modernism and contemporary architecture.
Located in Salford, Manchester, Southern Street comprised a row of Victorian terraced houses, whose tenants were displaced through a governmental urban renewal program. Stefan Boness photographed these houses just prior to their demolition, and recorded a wealth of unexpected architectural detail, in intricate door arches and mouldings. Through Boness' lens, layers and traces of several generations of English householders are revealed herein.
Published by Jovis. Edited by Jochen Visscher. Photographs by Stefan Boness.
The Northeastern African nation of Eritrea spent much of the early twentieth century as a colony of Italy, and more recently shook off another invader, Ethiopia. Its capital city, which dates back more than 700 years, exploded into life and growth with the arrival of Italian colonists in the 1930s, and then stagnated under Ethiopian rule. The surprising result is a living museum of Italian "Nuova Architettura," where decorative smokestacks tower over street markets and portholes look out onto bicycle traffic. Futuristic, monumentalist, rationalist and cubist work is not just preserved, but dominant on the skyline. Here, photographer Stefan Boness frames private, public and industrial buildings to incorporate their sometimes jarring contemporary African surroundings. He succeeds in conveying the unique atmosphere of a city where architectural time has, in some pockets, stood still. An essay on the city complements extensive illustrations.