March 2014 . Cairo
I'm happy to start working on my latest project: I flew to Egypt a first time to take portraits of egyptian women combined with interviews and a reportage about them.
Egypt is going through a severe political crisis during the last months and lot of people is fighting for demand of equality and against the violation of human rights and especially women's rights. By my work, I want to approach egyptian women from different social environments, whose position in the society is depending on religion, education and the socioeconomic situation, in light of the question: what does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? Therefor the german foundation VG Bild Kunst supports me with a scholarship.
To be continued...
March 2014 . Cairo
February 2014 . Winter Promenade in West Berlin
The Teufelsberg, german for Devil's Mountain, is one of the rare hills in the city and is named after the lake Teufelssee nearby. It is built out of nothing but debris and rubble from World War II. During the Cold War US-NSA built a large listening station on top of the hill, which has been abandoned after German reunification. The place turned to an underground location for lots of parties in the late 90's and is now nearly completly fallen into ruins.
January 2014 . Berlin
I was happy to be assigned by the Academy of Arts Berlin to take pictures at the opening of the exhibition "Dream Protocols" (Traumprotokolle) by famous german actress Hanna Schygulla, in the presence of the president of the Academy Klaus Staeck and Dieter Kosslick, the diretor of the International Film Festival Berlinale. Hanna Schygulla used to be the muse of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, beginning working with him in the late sixties. Today Fassbinder's films with her - like "Effi Briest" or "Love Is Colder Than Death" - are all classics of the German cinema
December 2013 . Berlin
At the opening of the exhibition Kleister - Blue Monday in the 4th floor of the Hotel Bogota in Berlin. Thank you to © Chiara Dazi for making this picture of Joachim Rissmann, the manager of the Hotel, and me in front of my contribution wall to the exhibition: a series of hearts taken over the years during my travels, as declaration of love to the hotel, now definitely closing downs its doors in December
December 2013 . Berlin
I was happy to make a portrait of the owner of the Hotel Bogota Joachim Rissmann in his office before the move: since three generations the family Rissmann managed the Hotel. Because of rent rising, the Hotel is now definitely closing down its doors on the 18th of December. The Hotel Bogota had an extraordinary history beginning 1911 during Berlins Jazz Age. The photographer Helmut Newton learned his trade at a studio on the fifth floor during the 1930’s, starting as an assistant for the famous German fashion photographer Yva. During the years of the second world war the Nazis turned it into their Third Reich Chamber of Culture headquarters, but in 1945 the Chamber of Artist was founded there and the first Art Exhibition after war took place there. Over the years the Hotel Bogota saw film stars, rock stars and tourists soaking there just next to the Berlin's premier shopping street Kurfürstendamm
November 2013 . Berlin
The photographer Barbara Klemm worked for over 40 years for the FAZ and traveled all over the world. She has now a huge retrospective at the Martin Gropius Bau until next march in Berlin. I was happy to spend some hours with her through her pictures few days before the exhibition opened
November 2013 . As my picture is one of the 50 best pictures of the Alfred Fried Fotopreis 2013, organised by the Photographische Gesellschaft Austria together with Editions Lammerhuber, it has been shown in the exhibition at the photography fair Photo+Adventure in Wien on 16th and 17th November
November 2013 . I'm pleased to invite you to the premiere of my photofilm:
Wednesday 6th. november 2013
Bar Babette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin
Beginning 8 pm
First screening 8.30 pm
Second screening 9.30 pm
The photofilm will be shown in Paris in the group exhibition:
October 2013 . Zeit Online is presenting a big [multimedia dossier about the former Stalin Allee, by now Karl-Marx Allee, built between 1949 and 1969 in east Berlin as one of the biggest prestige architecture project of the GDR
I was happy to be assigned by Zeit Online to make a series of pictures, street photography and portraits, along this huge avenue of 4,5 km long, beginning at Alexander Platz
The result is now online on www.zeit.de
I am happy to be able to have supported
the Hotel Bogota
with the sale of my picture
Der Fuchs . Nightworkers
Nr/Edition: 1/ 10+2AP
Fine Art Digitalprint Baryt