Stefanie studied communication design, fine art, and photography at The Open Window School of Visual Communication, Pretoria (1999 – 2001). With a special interest in photography, she furthered her studies at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, where she graduated with a joint best portfolio award, (2004). After her studies, she started a commercial photography studio and was represented by Shine Photographers Johannesburg, (2005 – 2007). In 2008, Stefanie moved to the UK where she studied for a diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counseling and Psychotherapy Education in London, (2009 – 2013). This experience of an in-depth inquiry into the human psyche informs her work as a fine art photographer. In June 2015 Stefanie returned to South Africa. She has been a full-time artist since 2015. She participated in a number of a group exhibitions in galleries around South Africa, which include: Kalashnikov Gallery, DF Contemporary Gallery; Fried Contemporary Gallery; Priest Gallery; the KKNK (curated by Dead Bunny Society) and her work has been published in the online magazine Between 10 and 5 (2016 – 2017). She also exhibited her work in a group exhibition at Scope Miami beach for See.Me (2018). Stefanie’s work has recently been published in the photographic Journal “Unvael Journal” which is a quarterly print journal that showcases a variety of unique and emerging artists from around the world, published by Michael Ash Smith (2018). Her work has been featured in online galleries and magazines which include: Casadiringhiera – work selected by Bastian Haus; Playtusu; Stellaremagazine; thetaxcollection; SeeMecommunity and Inspiration iii (2018). Stefanie has been collaborating with the music label Amselcom, her images will be used for an EP and the cover of the Artist Arutani (2018/19). Her work will also be published in the photographic print magazine Soundvision in the coming year (2019). Stefanie is being represented by DF Contemporary Gallery Cape Town and is an associated artist with the Dead Bunny Society, South Africa. She is a member of the See.Me artists community.
In a male-centric art world, Stefanie Langenhoven’s photography stems from her day-to-day, lived experiences, with the concept of womanhood at the core of her work. The way she represents the female body is unpolished and non-confining, challenging the patriarchy’s traditional feminine fantasy.
“I am curious about how self-image, body image, and perceptions of the feminine self becomes distorted through what is being mirrored to us in a society that is so obsessed with the female image. I am hoping to touch on the intangible and allow the imagination to find space to not just see and be fed an image, idea or belief but be drawn into, feel and discover something more meaningful. Throughout my work, I explore themes of death, fear, love transformation, gender, relationship, and dreams. In some of my latest work, I have been especially drawn to photographing twins and siblings that are very close. What draws me to them is the phenomenon of how intuitively connected they are with each other. I am wondering if we can have a connection with those who are no longer with us, or even if this connection becomes stronger as we learn to live with their physical absence. But also I am reflecting on how lonely we can feel being with others when we feel unable to connect with them, especially in a world where we have become so disconnected and distracted in each other’s presence.”