Stephan-Maria Aust – artist

welcome to Aust – at the town entrance of Aust (Bristol, South Gloucestershire)
welcome to Aust – at the town entrance of Aust (Bristol, South Gloucestershire)

Living and working in Dornie, Scotland, Stephan-Maria Aust works mainly conceptual in photography. He wouldn't »arrange« his shots neither adding nor taking anything off the scene. The view itself selects and uncovers the situations.

As an advertising photographer I manipulated the vision on products by setting up lights, backgrounds and decoration for many years. Even retouching the object itself was accepted as helpful until I came up with the feeling of permanently lying to the audience. Today I allow scenes to be as they are and as they are presenting themselves to me and to the camera. And it's like telling the truth – at last.


Unusual for a photographer Stephan-Maria Aust offers most of his works as certified unique prints. Only some few are sold as limited editions of max. 20 copies.

Current project:

Trilingual book with photography and poetry named 'StreetLyrics' in German, English and Scottish Gaelic.

'StreetLyrics' 2016 is and was invited, is and was shown at StAnza Poetry Festival St Andrews Scotland · Athens Photo Festival Greece · Les Rencontres de la Photography Arles France · Skye Book Festival Isle of Skye Scotland · Scottish Experience Königswinter Germany · urbEXPO Bochum Germany