Podcast: Art Between Us - Photography on the U.S.-Mexico Border

We welcome to the B&H Photography Podcast two photographers who have brought their talent and dedication to bear on the complex and beautiful lives that exist on the U.S.-Mexico border. Our first guest is photographer Stefan Falke, who is engaged in a 10-year portrait project called LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US-Mexico Border, which is dedicated to documenting the “influence that artists have on their community.” He has photographed more than 200 artists, writers, singers, and photographers who live on both sides of the 2,000-mile-long border. With Falke we discuss the development of this project, his style of shooting, how he met the many artists he has photographed, and the complications and joys of shooting in border towns in the U.S. and Mexico. He also discusses how he pared down his camera and lens choices for this project to just his trusty Nikon D850 and a 24-70mm lens.

After a short break, we welcome photographer Monica Lozano, who is included in Falke’s project, and describes her portrait session with him in the main market, in Juarez, Mexico. We also discuss her incredible photographic series, which blend documentary and fine art styles to bring awareness to the struggle of migrants in Europe and the Americas. Lozano, a Mexican-American artist with roots in both countries, brings a compassionate yet objective depiction to a complex situation, and she even blends in a touch of humor. With Lozano, we discuss her evolution as an artist, the differing effects that stylized photos have compared to straight documentary, and the resounding need to understand the long and evolving history and culture of “la frontera.” Join us for this compelling conversation and check out the B&H Photography Podcast Facebook Group.

Guests: Stefan Falke and Monica Lozano

Raechel Running, Agua Prieta, Mexico, 2015© Stefan Falke
Raechel Running, Agua Prieta, Mexico, 2015© Stefan Falke
Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez, Tijuana, Mexico, 2016 © Stefan Falke
Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez, Tijuana, Mexico, 2016 © Stefan Falke
Tom Kiefer, Ajo Arizona, 2017 © Stefan Falke
Tom Kiefer, Ajo Arizona, 2017 © Stefan Falke
Jellyfish, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2015 © Stefan Falke
Jellyfish, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2015 © Stefan Falke
Monica Lozano, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2015 © Stefan Falke
Monica Lozano, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2015 © Stefan Falke
Pablo Llana, Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, 2016 © Stefan Falke
Pablo Llana, Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, 2016 © Stefan Falke
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “What Remains” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Borders” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Hugs Not Walls” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Hugs Not Walls” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Hugs Not Walls” series © Monica Lozano
from the “Hugs Not Walls” series © Monica Lozano
Allan Weitz, Monica Lozano, and Stefan Falke © John Harris
Allan Weitz, Monica Lozano, and Stefan Falke © John Harris

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves

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