VITA

2004 today Focused on photo- and videowork with multicopters art, film, industry, advertising
2004 accredited artist, The Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts (BBK)
2000 photography from helicopter
1997 focus on photography and visual arts
1994 self—reliance with video installations and art videos
1967 born in Sindelfingen, Germany


Stephan Zirwes is a professional Photographer who is specialised in aerial photography with an artistic approach to the themes of the environment and our surroundings. He is working with still and moving pictures since the early 90ies creating videoinstallations, art-videos and visual-arts. Then focused on Art Photography and working out of Helicopters and with Drones since many years for industry, movie productions and his own art projects. Structures and (un)intended arrangements are in the focus of his free work.

The pictures have many layers: it is about aesthetic, but then, with an documentary approach, also about ethics. Compositions which are harmonious in colour and graphic, turn out as pictures with scars in nature - made by humans. Pictures full of little storys and political elements which are made visible only through the distance from above.

AWARDS (selection)

2024 Fine Art Photography Awards, Architecture, Category Winner
2024 Fine Art Photography Awards, Night, 3rd Place
2019 Sony World Photographer Awards, Architecture, Category Winner
2018 IPA International Photography Awards, Architecture Photographer of the Year
2016 Sony World Photographer Award, Architecture, Winner
2010 Winner of the Hasselblad Masters Award
2009 Sony World Photographer Award, Fine Art, Short List
BFF Awards, Gold and Silver
2008 Honoring at the Aenne-Biermann-Preis, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Gera
2006 Visual Leader, Lead Awards
2004 Intermedia Globe GOLD, World Media Festivals, Finalist Winner, New York Festivals

EXIBITIONS (selection)

2024 Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
2023 Kunstbezirk, Stuttgart, Germany
2019 Galerie b, Stuttgart, Germany
2018 Space Place One, Nizhny Tagil, Russia
2017 Museo Nacional de la Fotografia de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
2016 Strzelski Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Opiom Gallery, Opio, France
2015 Macadam Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2014 Luftmuseum, Amberg, Germany
2013 Opiom Gallery, Opio, France
2012 Ross Akard Gallery, Texas, USA
Krause Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Ruttkowski68, Cologne, Germany
2010/11SF MOMA, San Francisco, USA
2010 Jeonju Photofestival, Jeonju, South Korea
Baltic Biennale, St. Petersburg, Russia
Photokina, Cologne, Germany
2009 The Empty Quarter, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ART Miami, Florida, USA
2007 Museum of Contemporary Arts, Gera, Germany
2006 Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2004 Galerie eigen.art, Stuttgart, Germany