Stephan Wieser - Photographer Interview

Stephan Wieser is a photographer and documentary filmmaker from Munich, Germany. Through his lens he makes the unseen discoverable and grants access to true emotions of everyday heroes, including athletes, mostly from the world of running and cycling.
Stephan Wieser Self Portrait

Who is this? How does your daily routine look like? 

Hey, my name is Stephan Wieser and my daily routine? I am a self-employed Photographer, I guess there is no such thing as a routine. Thats the beauty of it. Everyday brings something new.

Why did you become a sports photographer in the first place?

Back in 2015 I was producing low budget event-recap films and at that time Phil Pham was actually my neighbour, which got me closer to the photography thing. At the same time Chris Zehetleitner, a friend of mine, started his brand Willpower Running and he desperately needed quality running photos. One thing led to another and the rest is history. My whole sports photographer career is kind of related to these two people. 

What purchase of 100€ or less has most positively impacted your life or work in the last 6 months? 

My Zwift subscription I would say. In January I had surgery on my left hip. There was a defect which caused pain every time I did any kid of sports, especially running. I really miss this, that's why I had that fixed. Not being able to do sports also has a huge impact on my work as a sports photographer. For some shots you have to keep up with the athlete you are portraying. Not an easy task. Some of them are really fast and don't have to carry a camera & gear, haha!  

If you had the chance to put an advice on a gigantic billboard that would reach billions of people, what would it say and why?

Find something you love and do it. Something you don't have to pressure yourself to do. Find a way to make a living from it and then stick with it. Be consistent. Congratulations, you will never have to 'work' a day in your life. (Could be a Mark Twain quote). 

What’s the most important book you’ve read in your life? 

Honestly, letters are not my thing. That’s why I shoot film and photos. That's my language. Even writing things down for this interview is too much reading and writing for me.

Can you share your all-time favorite sports photo you ever took?

Stephan Wieser - Transapline Run 2019
(Benni Bublack and Christian Lauterbach on top of the Tabaretta Scharte, finishing first at the Transalpine run 2016) 

Also show us a photo from ANOTHER sports photographer, that you really love.  

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