WOLVES OF THE SEA
They are the last of their kind.
They are threatened with extinction.
The photo documentary LUPIMARIS is dedicated to the history, the stories and the faces of the Greek fishermen and their traditional colourful wooden boats.
Since 2010, Christian Stemper is photographically documenting the last remaining individual fishermen and their boats, on the Greek island of Paros.
A total of 99 Boats and 31 fishermen.
Half of the boats that have been photographed in 2010 do not exist anymore - destroyed, abandoned or sold to tourists.
Because no one wants to become a fisherman anymore the traditional fishing craft is dying, and therefore a millennia-old tradition.
Done. Over. That’s it! No one is learning this craft anymore.
Greece has the largest number of fishing boats in the EU which is mainly due to the numerous individual fishermen. But by European standards, the catches are rather low.
The EU’s entire fleet is too large compared to the available amount of fish that can be caught in European waters. One of the central elements of the Common Fisheries Policy was the reduction and rejuvenation of the fleet.
The self disarmament of national fleets was a key element of the European fisheries policy. The EU developed programmes and put money at their disposal. The implementation was determined by each country. The Greek government developed incentives for handing over fishing licenses (mainly licenses for amateur fishing) and at the same time fishermen had to destroy their boats. Meanwhile this incentives has been stopped.
As a result, thousands of boats have been destroyed since the 1990s, mainly the traditional wooden boats owned by individual fishermen. The reality is that the Greek bureaucracy is responsible for the destruction of traditional boats and a part of the national identity.
At the age of eighteen I became a sailor and travelled the world as a radio operator. Not because of romantic reasons, but at that time there was nothing to do here. My boat has saved me. It was my anchor that brought me back to Paros and with which I was able to build my life.
So that I could escape from a life as a sailor.
This boat is my love.
In September 2014, photographer Christian Stemper and a camera crew made their way to Paros.
The team captured the work and life of fishermen and boat builders providing a deeper insight into the lives of the wolves of the sea and their boats.
The resulting pictures and filmed interviews are used for the LUPIMARIS book and a video documentary.
LUPIMARIS is a project close to my heart, and I want to thank everyone who joined the crowdfunding campaign, supported and made the published book a reality.
A. Gremoutis, Alameda Dos Arapanes, Alex McKenzie, Alexander Fruehmann, Alexandra Koutoglidou, Andrew Pearce, Andris Kozlovskis, Angelos Vekris, Anis Sabeti, Antonis Dimitrakopoulos, Aristeidis T. Chatzimichail, Athanasios Cambanis, Barbara Salasch, Carla Nyffeler, Ch. Bracher, Charalampos Diavolitsis, Constantinos Petrinos, Corrine Hijnekamp, Darlene Tymn, David Frazer Wray, David Krasnostein, Dimitrios Garbolas, Dina Lemmens, Dr R Sakellariou, Edgar Fischer, Edward Durrant, Elisabeth Sellner, Emma Young, Eri Sarivalassi, Familie Schürmann, Florian Lütkebohmert, Frank X van der Linden, Genine Clark, George Tsirikos, George Turner, Georgios Panagiotou, Günter Hausleitner, Helmut Schierer, Ian & Helen Andrews, Ioannis Vardinoyannis, Jay Gould, Jeroen van Kemenade, Jessica Hesch, Jeung guy Song, Joanna and Chris Damalas, Joe Schroecker, Justin Hawthorne, Kaleroy Zervos, Kamzik Maria, Konstantin Reyer, Konstantinos Papathanassiou, Konstantinos Papathanassiou, Kostas Theoharis, Kristen Irwin, Lukas Rytz, Manolis Schwab, Marc Buronfosse, Marco Kräuchi, Maria Theofanopoulou, Mario Arn, Mark Bray, Mark Graninger, Markus Vossoughi, Mathias Berenger, Michael Franken, Michael Gstöttner, Michael Heger, Monika Wall , Moser Valerio, Muriel Escaillas, Myrto Gelati, Nick Proukakis, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Niki Jelinek, nrico6000, Olga Mira, Pam & Serge Isaacson, Paris Parisis, Peter Braun, Peter Eliades, Peter Seibt, Petros Sofikitis, Petros Vaxevanakis, Philip Gabriel, Philipp Kuert, Phillip Marlow, Ralou, Ramy Hilal, Raphael Gränicher, Richard Ponting, Riginos, Rob Lancefield, Ryan Schneider, Scott Kozic, Sergio Penzo, Spyros Plakidas, Stefan Huber, Tarik Tuten, Theodora Karagounis, Theodoros Antonopoulos, Thomas Jirges, Tim Jetis, Tofeji Christine, Torsten Hunger, Valerie Gaderer, Vincent Boizard, Wayne Wilmot, Yanni Arvanitis, Yvan Gherman, Zambos-Taricco Family.
IN THE MEDIA
Feature shoot /
Lifo Greece /
Daily Mail UK /
Esquire Russia /
Panthalassa Magazine /
The Atlantic US /
The Post Internazionale Italy /
Vice Greece /
Smith Journal Australia /
Independent UK /
GUP Magazine /
Neos Kosmos /
Maptia - A world of stories /
N by Norwegian /
Le Nouvel Observateur /
the greek foundation /
Vrij Nederland /
/ Parts unknown / Monthly Photography South Korea
Nov. 2016 - Jan. 2017 - SCAN Tarragona - Spain
July 2016 - Athens Photo Festival - Benaki Museum
July 2015 - Antiparos Photofestival - Antiparos/Greece
November 2014 - MAK - Vienna/Austria
April 2013 - Flo Peters Gallery - Hamburg/Germany
June 2012 - Paros Bay - Paros/Greece
May 2012 - Edition Photo - Vienna/Austria
My great passion is to tell stories photographically reinterpreted.
“LUPIMARIS - Wolves of the Sea” is one such photo project.
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