About British-German photographer Stefan CANHAM (b.1968)

Stefan CANHAM studied from 1987 to 1992 Experimental Film at University of Fine Arts Hamburg. 2003 artist-in-residence at Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus Eckernförde and 2007/08 artist-in-residence at Art and Culture Outreach, Hong Kong. In 2008 he recieved the 5th International Bauhaus Award, and in 2013 the WYNG Masters Award, Hong Kong.

Photo books by Stefan CANHAM

  • 'Bauwagen / Mobile Squatters' (2006); 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong's Informal Rooftop Communities' (2008, 2009); 'Die Deutschen Vietnamesen' (2010)

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'Die Deutschen Vietnamesen' by Stefan CANHAM traces the intensive encounters with 13 returnees. Conversations, souvenir photos & family albums bring routes, detours and erroneous routes of the Vietnamese abroad and the time they spent in Germany to life.
0,00 € * Weight 0.9 kg
Out-of-print 'Bauwagen/Mobile Squatters' by Stefan CANHAM shows discarded trailers in the regimented structure of the city, alternated in between color & black-and-white images. Recycling & improvisation are the currencies of this anarchic form of living.
198,00 € * Weight 1.2 kg
In out-of-print book 'Portraits from above', Stefan CANHAM and Rufina WU document rooftop communities of five buildings in districts of the Kowloon Peninsula before their redevelopment - an unprecedented insight into everyday life on Hong Kong's rooftops.
39,80 € * Weight 0.7 kg
Exhibitions
  • 2005: 'Bauwagen', Altonaer Museum / Fabrik Fotoforum, Hamburg;

    2006: 'Spatial Shift', State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg;
    2007: 'Unhoused', Common Room2, New York, USA; 'Wohntraum – Zwei Fotografen im Dialog' (together with Michael WOLF, Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Dresden);
    2008: 'Shanghai', (Urban Public) Space, Land’s End, Hamburg;
    2009: 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities (together with Rufina Wu)', Kunsthaus Hamburg; Goethe-Institut Hongkong & Lumenvisum Gallery, Hong Kong; 25books, Berlin, Germany; 'Eye Level', Irresistible District, Helsinki, Finland; 'Informal Cities', Coomaraswamy Hall, Mumbai, India;
    2010: 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities', Design at Riverside, Cambridge, Canada; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada; Breda Photo 2010, The Netherlands; 'Eye Level', Pith Gallery, Calgary, Canada; 'Small Architecture Big Landscapes', Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, USA;
    2011: 'Die Deutschen Vietnamesen (together with Nguyen-Phuong-Dan)', 25books, Berlin; 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities', Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Dresden; 'Rapid Change', Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand; 'High-Rise. Idea and Reality', Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Switzerland; 'small BIG show', University of Minnesota, USA;
    2012: 'Die Deutschen Vietnamesen (together with Nguyen Phuong-Dan)', Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Rostock; 'The city that doesn’t exist', Museum Ludwig Forum, Aachen; 'Was stand da?', Galerie Genscher, Hamburg;
    2013: 'Poverty in the Midst of Plenty', WYNG Masters Award 2012, Hong Kong; 'Urban Border', UABB Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Shenzhen, China; Kunstverein projektraum-bahnhof 25, Kleve; 'Dear Shu (together with Sabine Höpfner)', Hinterconti, Hamburg;
    2015: 'Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City', Architekturmuseum der TU, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; 'Visions 2050. Lifestyle and the City', UABB Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Hong Kong;
    2016: 'Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City', Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, Austria; 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities', Bolzano Architecture Festival / Foto Forum, Bolzano, Italy;
    2017: 'Die menschliche Dimension (together with works by Nakazato Katsuhit)', Japanese-German Center, Berlin & Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Dresden; 'Soft City. Rahmenbedingungen für einen weichen Urbanismus', place/making, Berlin;
    2018: 'Nomadic Mountains. A Survey on High Altitude Mental Architecture', Schunck*, Heerlen, Netherlands; 'Capitalist Realism', Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Photobiennale 2018, Greece; 'Transitions', Frappant, Hamburg; 'when is becomes if (together with Sabine Höpfner and Katja Musenberg)', Hinterconti, Hamburg;
    2019: 'Marking Time. 25 Years of Werkstättengalerie', Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Dresden;
    2021: 'Sabine Höpfner – Stefan Canham: Pictures at an Exhibition', MOMus Museum of Modern Art, Costakis Collection, PhotoBiennale Thessaloniki 2021, Greece; ''Anthony Canham – Stefan Canham: Arbeiten 1961–2021', Galerie der Stadt Lüdenscheid; 'Stefan Canham – Anthony Canham: Unanswered Questions', Galerie im Stammelbach-Speicher, Hildesheim;
    2024: 'Rega', hinterconti, Hamburg; 'Birgit Brandis – Stefan Canham: Erratische Blöcke', Frise Künstler*innenhaus, Hamburg; 'Everyone but Caspar!', Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg; 'Portraits from Above. Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities', Synthesis Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;