Stephan Schwabe was born 1979 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Rediscovering his fathers old „Praktika“ and the dusty darkroom in the cellar, he started to take pictures by the age of 16. Between 1999 and 2002 he trained as a photographer in a studio for advertisment in Bremen. After this period of technical practice he decided to expand his skills by assisting for miscellaneous photographers as well as studying „communication design“ at the University of applied Sciences in Dortmund. In 2010 he graduated with honour.