Born in 1969 in Switzerland, Steeve Iuncker lives and works in Geneva.
He studied at the Photography School in Vevey and has been a member of Agence VU' since 2000.
â€śPress photographer (he works part-time for a daily newspaper), Steeve Iunker tirelessly questions the role(s) of photography and of the image in the fields of information and documentary today in a radical and political wayâ€¦[his work] aims to get close to the taboos relating to the body, to sex, to death and to the standard social conception of big issues that affect human thought. Either he stays with an Aids patient in the terminal phase, he represents the professional life of an old prostitute, he confronts himself with the crisis in Gaza, he stores images of celebrities adorned with diamonds at Cannes Festival, discovers the backstage area of a fashion show, follows the police while investigating on crimes, or reveals the astounding world of plastic surgery, Steeve Iunker doesnâ€™t chase icons. He shows. In a realistic, free and salutary way. Even if it might seem provocative or shocking. He only wants us to agree to see. To be responsible and clear-sighted.â€ť
He now works on a project dealing with the subject of death. He wishes to expose to Geneva the realities that its police department, University Institute of Legal Medicine and the Murith Funeral Services must face regularly. The second phase of the project consists in photographing the places and traces behind individual deaths in order to reveal an often unknown reality that is tossed into the realm of fiction by Hollywood movies.
The coldest city in the world (Yakutsk, Siberia) (2013)
Yakutsk, which is located in the north of Oriental Siberia, is known for its winter temperatures that regularly reach -122Â°F.
The city is engulfed in a thick and oppressive blanket of freezing fog that restricts visibility to 10 meters, and out of which, emerges once in a while some dark and heavy figures, hurried by the intensity of the cold. Inhabitants do their shopping in conditions that only Everestâ€™s mountaineers could sustain.
Here, everything is ice, everyday, which makes us then think about what such extremes can generate within people.
The book Â« Pasta Â» is an invitation to travel in the heart of Italy and its culinary traditions, it is also an homage and a deference to Italian women.
A country, women, slices of life, recipesâ€¦ Steeve Iuncker is sharing his discovery of a country, where the transmission and living together take on their full meaning around the family table.
â€śThis recurring confrontation with death, the loneliness of the dead, the absolute desolation of the corpse - all of these elements would be impossible to overcome without the mechanical and mindless gesture of a photographer.
I became determined to make this the subject of a methodical and continuous body of work.â€ť
The diptychs that make up this exhibit were taken at separate times. A first shot is taken at the exact time of arrival upon location, using semi-spontaneous framing, like taking a first glance.
It is after the body has been removed that the second shot is taken. Virtually, the same point of view, nearly using the same framing. When the diptych is presented, the...
"Steeve and Xavier, in the silence of what is left of it, became an obvious encounter, a confrontation, a face to face, a project with and against time.
It also became - unexpectedly - a new way to define portraiture. (...) A proposition of a portrait, of portrait method, different, simply brutal and obvious."
"A jeudi 15h" (See you Thursday, 15.00) covers two years of photographic portraits of a young man HIV positive, Xavier, met by Steeve Iuncker in 1996.
During two years and until Xavier's death, they met every Thursday, at 15.00 and photographed each other, in square format, b&w and color. Each week, Xavier chose his favorite portraits among the ones shot the...
Kate and William: 2 billion people watching it on tv, and I didn't see anything (2011)
On the 29th of April, 2011, Prince William, second in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom, and Catherine Middleton got married in Westminster Abbey.
Worldwide event, this Royal Wedding gathered 2 billion people in front of their television and more than one million in the streets of London.
Lost in the middle of a crowd composed of Londoners, onlookers and fans of the British monarchy, Steeve Iuncker is just a man.
On the other side of the BBC camerasâ€™ world, he shot just what thousands of people, gathered behind the security fences, sawâ€¦: nothing.
For the 80th International Motor Show of Geneva, Steeve Iuncker continues his work started during the previous editions.
He focuses on the side aspects of the event, favouring views that donâ€™t allow us to recognize any car. Contorted bodies take unreal positions, as if they were worshiping a kind of idol.
weapon destruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2009)
Today, Sarajevo, in the heart of Europe, remains a veritable arms magazine. With more than 67 000 metric tons of weaponry to demilitarize, the Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a considerable geopolitical liability for its neighboring countries.
The siege of Sarajevo remains the longest in the history of modern warfare. From April 5th 1992 to February 29th 1996, Serbian paramilitary troops besieged the capital of this self-proclaimed Republic. The costs in both lives and material were substantial: 11 000 dead, 50 000 injured and 329 shell impacts a day.
Following the Cold War, through the significant and methodical use of explosive ordnance and other conventional weapons, there...
Singapore is the City-State of all superlatives. Just behind Monaco, itâ€™s the most densely populated city in the world. The geographical location of the Singapore State, which is detached from Malaysia since 1965, makes its port the Asia commerce hub. The population takes advantage of this situation and have now a very hight living standard.
Under an authoritarian control, Singapore lauds the economical liberalism. Iuncker follows the consumption visible tracks, billboards, and the Singaporean women on a shopping spree. Itâ€™s a way to make the saying lie : Â«All the funny things are forbidden in SingaporeÂ»...leastways, when you have the means.
Car Fair in Geneva 2008
The motor-show in Geneva is a true lab for Steeve Iuncker. He gets rid of pressure to photograph the bodies that tie themselves in knots over the cars. We guess they are journalists for a car magazine, future buyers or random visitors. But they are all bend over the longing object.
Seductive beauty as a weapon : power to sell oneself better, shameful goal to be bought at a better price. Win the competition. The human being, this social animal, eager to accept this estheticonomical definition of his body : he must shine radiantly to avoid exclusion. Fashion and surgery become a solution.
There are a lot of stars in Cannes. We do not not necessarly know their names but they are pretty and well-dressed.
And for Steeve Iuncker, they never strike a pose. The photographer prefers to follow them, catch the less prepared moment, the less conceited. More than the people he photographs, what Steve Iuncker is interested in is what's hidden.
Steeve Iuncker has a very particular way to shoot a story on a motor-show. He never takes pictures of the cars, nor the young women that accompany them in a very conventional way. Unframed, blur. What he's interested in are the things on the side: those people strolling along the alleyways, chatting and who are photgraphing the things he refuses to photograph.
Steeve Iuncker wanted to know the job of a prostitute beyond the cliches. That's how he met Betty, erotic masseuse. After numerous talks, Betty bashfully agrees to be photographed during her work time.
This story has been done without any staging, clients have not been through a casting process and it's for free that Betty and her clients took part in this work.
in 2006, Steeve Iuncker went to Gaza to meet Palestinan people. He found a devastated country by war and poverty. Gaza has a lot of demolished houses and families mourning for a relative. but Steve Iuncker also showed families that keep on living, despite averything, despite the two camps struggling.
8000 settlers on a territory populated with more than a million Palestinian; 40 000 soldiers to control their departure, 8000 journalists and photographers to cover the "event" : the utterd figures, that's the first thing that stroke me when in Gaza.
Everything seems unreal, out-of-proportion : a tremendous communication operation, a huge mediatic and politc circus set up as a big Hollywood production.
I wanted to show the dramatic aspects of this event where, for example, young soldiers-almost shy- were walking in the middle of screams and unceasing tears of the colons who were brandishing their kids shouting " See what you've done to our people again!"
I wish to photograph feelings...
The bodies of the strippers, more or less bare, are mixing under the eye of the "phones/cameras" of the visitors. The erotic fair is a excuse for suggestive swaying hips. Steeve Iuncker, at the back, is only slightly interested. His main subject is the market. More than the body, it is the stacking of the body. More than the sex, it is the merchandised sex.
Alter-globalization demonstration during the G8, Switzerland (2003)
It's in his own country that Steeve Iuncker has watched these scenes of street fightings. Neutral country, Switzerland was welcoming in 2003 the G8 summit. The chiefs of the most powerful countries of the world economy are gathering on their side, when the alter-globalization activists were gathering their forces. Surprising scenes those fights between the police and the activists in the middle of a town like Geneva.
Steeve Iuncker went to the Near East during summer 2002. He photographed there the extremely difficult cohabitation between Palestinian and Israeli people. We see definitely Tsahal soldiers which are on patrol, Intifadaâ€™s children, which throw some stones to imitate their elder. But the real violence that Iuncker shows us is daily life violence, an ordinary violence. The one, which is read on facesâ€™ features, the one which makes look normal doing the shopping with weapon slung across the shoulder.
"A jeudi 15h" covers two years of photographic portraits of a young man HIV positive, Xavier, met by Steeve Iuncker in 1996.
During two years and until Xavier's death, they met every Thursday, at 15.00 and photographed each other, in square format, b&w and color. Each week, Xavier chose his favorite portraits among the ones shot the week before and explained his choice in a few words featured in the book. Xavier died on a Thursday. Text by: Christian Caujolle Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2012) 204 pages Size: 30 x 37 cm
After the exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) in Geneva in 2012, \"The Time of My Death\" is presented at the Photobastei of Zurich.
â€ś This recurring confrontation with death, the loneliness of the dead, the absolute desolation of the corpse Â¬â€” all of these elements would be impossible to overcome without the mechanical and mindless gesture of a photographer.
I became determined to make this the subject of a methodical and continuous body of work. â€ť
The diptychs that make up this exhibit were taken at separate times. A first shot is taken at the exact...
During two years, every thursday at 3PM, I would meet Xavier, HIV sufferer. The goal of this project: to capture the gaze of a man who is about to die.\rThis work ended with Xavier's death in 1998. It is today published in a book.
Press photographer (he works part-time for a daily newspaper), Steeve Iunker tirelessly questions the role(s) of photography and of the image in the fields of information and documentary today in a radical and political way. Whatâ€™s the point of being aware of everything happening in the world â€“ at least potentially â€“ when we like to think we are in the immediacy of transmission? Whatâ€™s the point of promoting the fixed image? How can we find our place in our history, in our stories?
Which mechanisms can we set, from the shooting to the shapes and the use, to...
2006 The Selection, awarded by DAS Magazine for the work Gaza, Pullback 2004 Prix de lâ€™Artisanat awarded by the Association des Communes Genevoises 2000 The Selection, awarded by DAS Magazine for the work Xavier, ZĂĽrich 1999 Patino Grant, awarded by Affaires culturelles of Geneva 1997 Berner Zeitung Award 1997 Berthoud Grant Award 1997 Grant awarded by the City of Geneva for the film Xavier 1996 47th Louisa Harvey-Tourte Wessel Award, Geneva