Photographing Charleroi, Stephan Vanfleteren attempts to embrace the city from the top of a slag heap as much as under the neon lights of a café where loneliness is its own companion until the end of the night; Vanfleteren immerses himself both as an accomplice and a witness, taking nothing away that he is not allowed to. All these photographs arise from long wanderings, patient conversations and exchanged glances. It is a loving portrait of a wounded city for which the photograph sees a first ray of light shining at the end of a dark tunnel.
Stephan Vanfleteren (1969, Courtrai) studied photography at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels (1988-1992). From 1993 to 2009, he worked as a freelance photographer for the De Morgen newspaper, while being fully involved in his own projects. He specialises in black and white photographs and long reporting assignment which he carries out in Belgium and abroad. At the present time, he mainly works for foreign newspapers and magazines. Co-founder of Kannibaal/Hannibal Publishing, he is the company’s artistic director. Since 2010, he has been guest professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK).