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Stephan Vanfleteren studied photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels (1988-1992). He worked as a freelance photographer for the newspaper De Morgen from 1993 to 2009, but continued to be involved in his own projects. He specialises in black-and-white portraits and extensive reports at home and abroad. He is currently mainly working for foreign newspapers and magazines. Stephan Vanfleteren is a co-founder of  Kannibaal/Hannibal Publishing and is the company’s Art Director. He has also been a guest lecturer at KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Gent since 2010.


In 1998, Stephan Vanfleteren won the European Fuji Awards; in 1996, 1998 and 2000, he won five World Press Photo Awards and several Belgian press awards. He also won the German Henri Nannen Prize in 2011. In 2012, he received the five-yearly Culture Award for the Province of West Flanders and the National Portrait Award in the Netherlands. This year, he has won the World Press Photo Award for his series ‘People of Mercy’ in the category ‘Staged Portraits’.


Antwerp (FoMu & Fifty One Fine Art Photography Gallery), Brussels (Bozar), Ghent (Winter Circus Museum and Dr. Guislain Museum), Charleroi (Musée de la Photographie), Paris (Sorbonne), London (Host Gallery and The Brickhouse), Liverpool (Open Eye Gallery), New York (UN Headquarters), Cairo (Hanagar Arts Centre), Rome (Gallery Gate), Strasbourg (Salle de la Bourse ), Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum), Leeuwarden (Frisian Museum), Maastricht (Centre Ceramique), Osaka (Flanders Centre), Kortrijk (Buda factory), Geneva, Dhaka, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Hamburg and Berlin, Perpignan, Breda , Sète, Arles and Barcelona. 


Elvis&Presley, along with Robert Huber (Kruse Verlag, 1999)
Buren (Neighbours), with Mark Power and Eve Leitolf, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (De Verbeelding Publishers, 2000)
Tales from a Globalizing World (Thames & Hudson, 2003)

Flandrien (Cannibal Publishing, 2005)
Belgicum (Lannoo, 2007)
Portrait 1989-2009 (Lannoo, 2009)
En avant, marche! (Hannibal Publishing, 2012)
Façades & Vitrines (Hannibal Publishing, 2013)                                                   MXIVV – De Rode Duivels (Uitgeverij Hannibal, 2014)

Atlantic Wall ( Uitgeverij Hannibal, 2014)

Charleroi, il est clair que le gris est noir ( Uitgeverij Hannibal, 2015)