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Over The Years, The Woman In Them Is Lost

In the north of Albania Pepa Hristova photographed the Burrnesha or so-called “Sworn Virgins” – women who, after an old ritual, adopt a male identity and take over the role of the missing family leaders. It’s an impressive story, retold by Pepa in a very human and unobtrusive way. She captured the masculine poses and bearings, the angular features on the women’s faces, revealing their complete embodiment of their male persona.

These Pictures Are Intentionally Unspectacular

With a serious and withdrawn face, a young woman is looking into the camera. Hidden behind shadows or branches she seems to be sorrowful, maybe lost, in search of herself. Over weeks Linn has portrayed her younger sister, who suffers from an eating disorder and depression. But not only did she document the changing and healing of the body in therapy. She documented the passing of time and managed to capture the essence of her sisters self, her feelings that shine through the surface of her body.

An Image Of The World Of Insanity From The Inside

Chalk drawings on a tiled floor, hearts scribbled on the wall next to a bed, a ceiling blotched with pushpins. With an eye for those significant details Peter Granser slowly initiated his work about mentally ill people. The still lifes he photographed in an institution in France are a first survey of a site, a cautious approach to an elusive topic.

Hardly Anyone Here Is Devoid Of Hope

At first, it is difficult to look at these pictures. They are touching and breathtaking, close and intimate. They show what most of us do not want to see. Walter Schels portrayed moribund people in a hospice, before and after they died. He approached a social taboo, while at the same time trying to overcome his own fear of death. The resulting black-and-white close-ups are captivating and hard to elude.

A New Life As Immigrants In Germany

Immigration and cultural identity are still much and controversially discussed topics in German society. However Maziar found a new and impressive way to approach this subject, creating images free of moralization and judgment. His staged photographs are telling stories of individuals with a migrant background – stories that are obscure and enigmatic, that have to be deciphered by the viewer but are never obvious.

Their Bodies In A Continuous Process Of Change

In her series of portraits Valeria Mitelman explores a very personal facet of female identity, presenting images that are part of the private documentation of expecting mothers. Placing them in front of a black background she puts the women and their bodies in the centre of the image and the contemplation. Strong and all-powerful, with clemency and gentleness in their gaze, they are looking down to the viewer.

Poetic Images To Record Her Autobiographical Journey

The lush green of a hilly landscape, the deep red blood of a killed chicken. The warmth of an affectionate embrace, the melancholia of a funeral. Colours and places that pass the eye like impressions on a road trip, like memories of a country once visited. For Irina Ruppert these are the reminiscences of her childhood; the sites, experiences and objects that are indestructibly kept in her mind.