Over a period spanning more than 15 years, the photographer Oliver Stegmann visited different circuses to take photos of what happens behind the curtains. His muted images attempt to break the usual stereotypes. Again and again, the photographer captured protagonists in moments of unawareness, showing scenes that the audience would normally never get to see from the edge of the ring.
Publisher: Kettler 2021
Above all, Stegmann is interested in the atmosphere of tense expectation and utmost concentration when the artists are about to perform their hair-raising acts. Using neither color nor flash, he creates an enigmatic atmosphere reminiscent of expressionist films.
For his circus series, Stegmann develops a kind of imagery that has rarely been applied to the small world of the circus as consistently and confidently as in this case. In terms of subject-matter, design, and production, Circus Noir takes a different approach to this genre by adding an entirely unromantic perspective that focuses on the true essence of what it means to work in a circus.
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Book Specs: Circus Noir by Oliver Stegmann published by Kettler September 2021 | Foreword by David Dimitri, Essays by Thomas Amiet and Thomas Wiegand | Hardcover | 112 pages with 57 b/w pictures | 21,00 x 29,70 cm | German / English| 978-3-86206-905-7 | 42,00 €. Available through the publisher here. Also available as Signed Edition or as Signed Limited Edition including a numbered and signed fine art print through the artist here.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Oliver Stegmann graduated college with an economics degree and has been working in the automotive industry in leadership position.
Meanwhile, he has always passionately pursued photography. The focus of his work is documentary and street photography (mostly in Black & White). On many trips to various locations on five continents he has continuously worked on improving his skills as a photographer. He attended different workshops by well known photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Anders Petersen, David Alan Harvey and Ernesto Bazan.