EVERYONE CARES ABOUT SEXUALITY | My portrait of Willy Hanewald for ZEIT. I met Willy at the end of May 2019 to photograph her for Judith Luig’s article on sexual diversity (and how it’s lived and talked about) in German schools.
ABDUL MACHT KEIN ABI | On the messiness of German asylum politics: In order not to be deported, Abdul will not finish school and instead start training as a male nurse.
Abdul escaped to Germany when Iran tried to deport him to his birthplace, Afghanistan, which his parents (like so many Afghans) fled when he was a baby. He is now a student at a boarding school in southern Germany, but his asylum request has been denied, and the German government, too, wants to return him to a place where he has no family, and his life would be at risk. Like many others whose requests have been denied, Abdul will start vocational training that grants some protection from deportation. Sascha Lübbe and I spent a few days with him.
It’s #FridaysForFuture and school children all over Germany will be on strike again. Today 16-year old Swedish Greta Thunberg has come to Hamburg to show solidarity with Luisa Neubauer, the 22-year old leader of the German climate protest movement. A few weeks ago I photographed Luisa Neubauer at the climate protest in Berlin for ZEIT and ZEIT CAMPUS. She is running an unprecedented and ongoing youth movement that’s pushing for fast change.
In spring of 2017 I travelled across Germany for GEO to spend a weekend with Kerstin Held and her three foster children, who all have multiple disabilities (which is why she chose the children in the first place). Spending time in their orbit and taking the edge off my own ignorance was one of my highlights of last year. With a beautiful text by reporter Vivian Pasquet.
The past few weeks have been busy, here are the highlights. In late August ZEIT Online sent me out to interview and portrait voters in the northern city of Bremen about the SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz, in September a short and very generous piece about my portraiture appeared in Communication Arts Magazine, and just a few days ago NPR published a wonderful story about Sophia, a German flirt coach, and Aktham, a Syrian refugee who enlists her help in finding a girlfriend. I really enjoyed working on the photography for this story.
Many thanks to Daniella Zalcman for putting the website WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH together to help bridge the gender gap in the industry's hiring patterns. Thrilled to be part of it and to be discovering the work of colleagues!Read More
My photo essay on Lesbos is included in the recently published book Beyond Survival, written by Jenny Schuckard and Kilian Kleinschmidt, published by Dumont Reisen. Jenny tenderly recorded the stories of twelve refugee children and teenagers, what they had to leave behind, and how they made their arduous journey to Germany. Kilian, who has long been hands-on involved in refugee work, provides the background information we need to understand what makes people leave. What’s unusual about this beautifully written book is that it's geared towards younger readers and their parents. A reading took place on Dec 19 at Grüner Salon in Berlin.