Stephan Vanfleteren

Photographer, Belgium visit website

Stephan Vanfleteren © Koos Breukel

2001, Individual awards singles, Others

1997, 2nd prize stories, People in the News

1997, 2nd prize stories, People in the News

1997, 2nd prize stories, People in the News

Stephan Vanfleteren lives and works in his native Belgium. After his photography studies he started to work as a freelancer in 1993.

His black-and-white documentary photography covers the disappearance of small, anarchic worlds and the phenomena of everyday life in Belgium, as well as events from conflict zones and portrayals of everyday life around the world. 

After working for the daily edition of De Morgen newspaper in the past, Vanfleteren now contributes to its weekend supplements.

His association with World Press Photo includes participation in the 1998 Joop Swart Masterclass, receiving awards in different categories, as well as serving on the jury of three World Press Photo Contests. Vanfleteren's work has been exhibited throughout Western Europe.

Books presenting his photography are Elvis & Presley, Tales from a Globalizing World, Flandrien, Belgicum and his recent photobook Portret 1989/2009 about portraits of artists and important people in Belgium and Holland.



Winning images by location


2013, Staged Portraits, 1st prize stories

An interview with Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren about his award-winning portrait series "People of Mercy".

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