LIKE A WHIRLWIND – The Gender Plays of Marie Høeg & Bolette Berg

The exhibition LIKE A WHIRLWIND – The Gender Plays of Marie Høeg & Bolette Berg presents unique cross-dressing photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The photographers Bolette Berg and Marie Høeg founded the Berg & Høeg photo studio in the southern Norwegian town of Horten in 1894. The couple spent their entire adult lives working and living together. They published their fairly conventional portrait and landscape photographs as postcards. The Norwegians achieved international fame posthumously through their early photographic experiments with gender roles, which are rightly considered the first visual evidence of cross-dressing.

When their estate was auctioned off in the 1970s, the Norwegian collector Leif Preus acquired the glass negatives of the two photographers. In addition to photographs of landscapes and reproductions of artworks, there were two boxes labeled “private” showing Marie Høeg, Bolette Berg and their siblings and friends posing in front of the camera. These shots had nothing in common with conventional portrait photography. Playful, humorous and full of joie de vivre, the photographs radically and cheekily question the ideals of femininity of the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as the gender roles of the time. The topicality of the imagery and the visual exploration of the theme, which is comparable to contemporary artistic practice, is astonishing. The two photographers take up stereotypes in a witty and fresh way and transform them into frivolous photographs with the help of props and costumes.

The modern approach of the photographers testifies to their self-confidence and a playful examination of social norms; at the same time, the estate makes it clear that the photographs were only intended for private use during their lifetime, not for the public. The photographic studio was the safe space, where the protagonists of the pictures could present themselves in a self-determined manner.

The Preus Museum, the Norwegian National Museum of Photography, manages the estate of Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg and owns the original glass negatives in its collection. The exhibition at
f³ – freiraum für fotografie shows digital reproductions of this unique material, which will be on display in Germany for the first time.

In cooperation with:

Logo Preus Museum

Supported by:

hms Logo

Logo Norwegische Botschaft

Image: Berg & Høeg, »Water Scene«. Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg in a rowing boat in the studio, 1895–1903 © Collection of Preus Museum

Black in Berlin

For photographer Yero Adugna Eticha, it all began with the protests against the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the resulting strengthening of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Demonstrations against racism and discrimination and expressions of solidarity took place around the world. Eticha decides to take action. On the streets of Berlin, he distributed flyers to Black people asking them to be photographed by him. Over the years, he took 500 portraits of Afro-Black Germans and the diaspora in Berlin. During these encounters, he learned everyday and moving details of their lives, which he recorded. Eticha works transdisciplinary on the levels of image and sound. BLACK IN BERLIN is a unique archive that provides an insight into the multifaceted realities of Black people’s lives in a white majority society.

At the center of the portrait work is Eticha’s examination of the culture and history of colonialism: “Who we are: An integral part of this city, people of different professions and backgrounds, different dreams, embodiments of Black identity. I dream of a Berlin in which the facet of every Black face is celebrated.” – Yero Adugna Eticha

BLACK IN BERLIN is the first solo exhibition by Ethiopian-born photographer Yero Adugna Eticha, who lives and works in Berlin. The book BLACK IN BERLIN will be published in parallel by Distanz Verlag.

The exhibition was curated by Miriam Zlobinski.

Image: NOELLA MBOMB © Yero Adugna Eticha

Supported by:

A DAY OFF – An Exhibition of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation

With works by: Diane Arbus, Katharina Bosse, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Arthur „Weegee“ Fellig, Bruce Gilden, Nan Goldin, F.C. Gundlach, Esther Haase, David Hockney, Thomas Hoepker, Barry Kay, Peter Keetman, Barbara Klemm, Lisette Model, Martin Munkácsi, Martin Parr, Joel Sternfeld et al.

Leisure activities are a topic that constantly occupies us all. Just do nothing? Impossible! Our lives have become more hectic and intense, and not just since the coronavirus pandemic. We are confronted with ever more exciting, adventurous and exotic leisure activities everywhere. The pressure to keep up and supposedly have to is enormous. Leisure time has gone from being a time to relax after work to a clocked through mass phenomenon. At peak times after work, at weekends and on public holidays, beaches, swimming pools, sports studios, cinemas and parks are bursting at the seams. Everyone is striving for maximum relaxation, self-optimization and the greatest possible distance from everyday life.

A DAY OFF at f³ – freiraum für fotografie visualizes the manifestations of our leisure culture with a wink: people feast, sizzle, smoke, sweat and work out as much as they can. Some scenes are no longer imaginable today. Others are similar: then, as now, people soaked up the sun, watched the latest film in the cinema, danced or played bingo together. Through the lens of some of the world’s most renowned photographers, we gain an insight into how our leisure behavior has changed over the past hundred years.

The exhibition was curated by Natalja Aljasova. Concept: Natalja Aljasova and Jasmin Seck.

The F.C. Gundlach Collection
For many decades, F.C. Gundlach, himself one of the most important fashion photographers in the Federal Republic of Germany, collected photography and amassed one of the most important private photography collections in the country. The focus is the image of man in photography. Under this title, around 9,000 photographic works from the collection have been on permanent loan to the House of Photography in the southern Deichtorhalle in Hamburg since 2005. In addition, many other types and genres of photography were and are part of the F.C. Gundlach Collection, some of which can be seen as collection themes in their own right. Even after the collector’s death, the F.C. Gundlach Foundation continues to add large collections of individual photographers and archives, which are preserved and processed.

In cooperation with

Logo Stiftung Gundlach

Image: Fish and Chips with the Queen, London 2018 © Esther Haase
[F.C. Gundlach Collection, F.C. Gundlach Foundation + House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg]


The exhibition can be visited from 23 to 26 November, from 1–7 pm. Admission is free!

With works by: Lotte Agger, Sandra Buschow, Francesco Giordano, Klaus Heymach, Silke Jacobsen, Karin Kutter, Jörg Meier, Michael O’Ryan, Helen Stevens, Antya Umstätter, Tara Wolff.

Under the direction of: Sibylle Fendt

During the past 11 months, the 11 participants of the f³–MASTERCLASS PORTRAIT have dealt intensively with the photographic depiction of people. What does it really mean to encounter a person with a camera? What do we reveal about them through photography, how does the relationship and the image of that person change when encountering them more than once?

In 11 diverging narratives we delve into unfamiliar worlds in which we discover ourselves – just as we may discover the unexpected in familiar places. Some photographers provide us with very personal insights into their world, while others guide us on an explorative journey. And there are always important themes: faith, love, loneliness, origin, the long journey to one‘s self, levity and pleasure.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7 pm with a performance by Tima die Göttliche (Tima the Divine).

Book Release »While My Uke Gently Smiles«:
Friday, November 24, 2023, 7 pm | Ukulele Concert with surprise guests from the book.

[The f³–MASTERCLASS PORTRAIT is aimed at photographers and photographic artists who focus on the genre of portrait photography. The participants discussed their work in regular project presentations and intensive dialogues. In addition to the creative/artistic examination of the series, questions about the organization of exhibitions, the sale of images, the publication and marketing of photographs, in short, everything that belongs to everyday professional life, also find a place in the master class].

Image: Tima die Göttliche © Jörg Meier, 2023


Following the successful show Ruth Orkin – A Photo Spirit in 2021, f³ – freiraum für fotografie now presents newly discovered and previously unpublished photographs by American photographer Ruth Orkin.

Ruth Orkin was one of the professional women photographers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although she published in numerous newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Life, and Look, and her photographs were part of the legendary exhibition The Family of Man at MoMA, her work, which rivals that of the great photographers of her time, is still little known internationally. One of her most important photographs is »American Girl in Italy« from 1951, which became a symbol of the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The street scene shows a young woman striding through a line of whistling men.

Tracing the photographer’s footsteps, curator and publicist Nadine Barth (@barthouseprojects) and Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Director f³ – freiraum für fotografie, came across a largely unpublished, multi-layered and unique body of work that reveals a little-known side of Ruth Orkin: That of a sensitive, interested, witty, and funny chronicler of American women of the 1940s and 1950s.

With biting humor, the photographer devised reportages such as »Who Works Harder?«, which compares the life of a housewife and mother with that of a career woman, documented women in beauty salons, at cocktail parties, at dog shows and on the film set in Hollywood. In the footage we encounter Lauren Bacall, Jane Russell, Joan Taylor, and Doris Day, but also waitresses, stewardesses, soldiers, and best friends.

What Ruth Orkin’s subtle but radically subversive shots capture are images of women on the move who are beginning to shed the conventions imposed on them and go their own way: self-confident, stylish, smart and ahead of their time.

Accompanying the exhibition is the photo book Ruth Orkin – Women bei Hatje Cantz. It is available at f³ – freiraum für fotografie. Edited by Nadine Barth and Katharina Mouratidi. 2023, 144 pages, 100 illustrations, hardcover 26,5 x 26,5 cm, 38 €.

In cooperation with Hatje Cantz.

All accompanying events can be found here.

Image: Lauren Bacall, St. Regis Hotel, New York, 1950 © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.


Hierzulande (In this Country)

“I’ve traveled a lot in my photography life, but to capture an exciting photo, all I really needed to do was step outside the front door, and I did that a lot.”

Berlin-born Robert Lebeck (1929–2014) is one of the great German photojournalists. Hierzulande (In this Country) brings together a selection of his reportages from Germany from 1955 to 1983.

The synopsis is a photographic gem: the rebellion of a young generation in postwar Germany; East Berliners shopping on Karl-Marx-Strasse in Neukölln before the Wall was built; Kampen on the island of Sylt, which in the 1950s developed from a fishing village into a stomping ground for the rich and beautiful; the release of the last German prisoners of war in 1955 at the Herleshausen border station; impressions of political life in the Bonn Republic; personal portraits of celebrities such as Maria Callas, Alfred Hitchcock, Romy Schneider and Elvis Presley.

With his charismatic gift for quiet observation, Robert Lebeck got close to people. He photographed when people kissed, drank and danced, but also when they cried and suffered. His photographs document the small and large scenes of everyday life, capturing a piece of West German contemporary history. Anchored in our cultural memory, his photographs from full life have lost none of their topicality.

Curated for f³ – freiraum für fotografie by Miriam Zlobinski.

Accompanying the exhibition is the photo book Robert Lebeck. Hierzulande by Steidl Verlag. It is available at f³ – freiraum für fotografie. Edited and designed by Cordula Lebeck, with an essay by Daniela Sannwald. 2023, 192 pages, 170 photographs, hardcover 20 x 28,5 cm, 35 €.

All accompanying events can be found here.

Image: Romy Schneider during the shooting of the film “Gruppenbild mit Dame”, Berlin 1976 © Robert Lebeck

The exhibition was made available by Kunstarchiv Lüneburg and Archiv Robert Lebeck.

Renegades | San Francisco: Queer Life in the 1990s

In the 1990s, San Francisco was the stronghold of queer life in the Western-influenced world. Young queer people, artists and free spirits flocked to the city to experiment with art, style, gender and identity, to be free, and to live their lives independent of mainstream society.

Young photographer Chloe Sherman also enjoyed life in the West Coast metropolis famous for its openness. With the nuanced eye of an insider, her photographs document an evolving community that resolutely rebelled against prevailing cultural norms and developed its own unique rules for dealing with common gender ascriptions and social coexistence.

For 30 years, the photographs of that period were stored forgotten in the photographer’s archive. RENEGADES. San Francisco: Queer Life in the 1990s presents the outstanding and historically significant photographs to an audience outside the USA for the first time. Chloe Sherman’s exhibition captures the rebellious spirit of the era and candidly portrays a forward-thinking era.

The exhibition was curated by Nadine Barth und Katharina Mouratidi. All accompanying program can be found here.

With the kind support of the Hannchen-Mehrzweck-Stiftung.

Image: In My Chevy Nova, Ace Driving, 1997 © Chloe Sherman

The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Hatje Cantz. The publication is available at f³ – freiraum für fotografie:
Chloe Sherman | RENEGADES. San Francisco: The 1990s
Nadine Barth, Katharina Mouratidi (eds.), Text(s): Lynn Breedlove, Catherine Opie, Anna Joy Springer.
Design: Julia Wagner, grafikanstalt.
2023, English. 128 pages, 90 images, Hardcover 26×28 cm.
ISBN 978-3-7757-5517-7


The definition of happiness has long been left to religions, philosophers, or even politics. Today, the answer to the universal quest lies more and more in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry. It uses all the instruments of the modern age – science, marketing and communication – to offer each and every one of us a standardized and automatic solution for our well-being, our health and our performance. It seems to have become a duty to constantly feel and radiate happiness.

For five years, photographer Paolo Woods and journalist Arnaud Robert investigated the consumption of »happy pills« around the world: those medicines that can heal an invisible wound, those substances that make people get active, that help them work and pick themselves up, those preparations that enable people with mental health problems to avoid a total breakdown. The global interconnections of the pharmaceutical industry with social media-influenced notions of modern lifestyles are ubiquitous: from Niger to the United States, from Switzerland to India, from Israel to the Peruvian Amazon, pills offer short-term solutions to the seemingly eternal problems of everyday life.

The exhibition was curated by Miriam Zlobinski.

All accompanying events can be found here.

Sponsored by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the


Image: Home Pharma, Switzerland 2016 © Gabriele Galimberti

Intimate History

Thomas Höpker shaped photojournalism in Germany like no other. His photo reports have taken him all over the world. He worked as a reporter for the Münchner Illustrierte, later for the magazines Kristall and Stern. Right from the start of his career, Höpker saw his task as “living in close contact with the times, fathoming and unraveling the present”. In 1977 he moved to New York and in 1989 became the first German photographer to become a full member of the MAGNUM-Photos agency.

From the wealth of his life’s work, Thomas Höpker – Intimate History shows internationally known and never shown photographs. The synopsis conveys Höpker’s interest in social issues and his empathy for the people he portrays. Authenticity and photographic witnesses are the defining constants of his work. Unexcited, subtle and far from sensationalism, many of his motifs became icons of social documentary photography, also known as Concerned Photography, thanks to their precise image design and the dense image statements.

The exhibition was curated by Katharina Mouratidi and Miriam Zlobinski.

You can find all the information about the accompanying program here.

An exhibition as part of the EMOP – European Month of Photography.
In cooperation with the Ernst Leitz Museum, Wetzlar.

Image: © Thomas Höpker and MAGNUM-Photos

BarTur Photo Award

Kelly Beckta, Supratim Bhattacharjee, Chinmoy Biswas, Philip Cheung, Giacomo d’Orlando, Veronique de Viguerie, Maroussia Mbaye, Espen Rasmussen, Daniele Vita

The BarTur Photo Award was founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs Amnon and Armon Bar-Tur in memory of their late wife and mother Ann Lesley Bar-Tur, a British artist.   

Endowed with a total of $20,000, the annual award honors photographers and photographic artists from around the world who use photography as a medium to sharpen our view of the world and focus on the burning issues of our time. In the abundance of photographic material we are confronted with today, the BarTur Photo Award aims to discover and support the best contemporary photographic talents and to make their work better known. Special attention is given to the work of women, queer and non-binary photographers, as well as photographers from the Global South, who are particularly invited to apply for the award.  

The award seeks work that is unique, compelling, and inspiring. The selection process is supported by a jury of leading industry representatives, including in 2022 Austin Merrill (Everyday Africa), Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director f³ – freiraum für fotografie), Fumio Nanjo (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), Ossaini Raggi González (University of the Arts, Cuba), Karin Rehn-Kaufmann (Leica Galleries International) and Simon Roberts (photographer).

The focus of the BarTur Photo Award is not on the presentation of works that have already been published or shown in an exhibition, so among the winners of the BarTur Photo Award 2022 are true discoveries: fresh, new photography with innovative approaches, equally from young, unknown image authors as well as from renowned photographers.

Opening: February 8, 2023, 7 p.m. | Admission is free for the entire duration of the exhibition!

Photo: © Veronique de Viguerie


With works by: Sandra Buschow, Attila Hartwig, Silke Jacobsen, Nancy Jesse, Jörg Meier, Michael O’Ryan, Saskia Reis, Helen Stevens, Tara Wolff

The f3–MASTERCLASS PORTRAIT exhibition combines nine positions in contemporary portrait photography. Under the direction of Sibylle Fendt, the photographers developed individual series within a year.

The result is an astonishing variety of narrative forms, in which the focus is always on the human being. In humorous, melancholic, abstract, nostalgic, narrative, conceptual and collaborative works we meet namesakes, neighbours, soul mates, displaced people, disadvantaged people, our own families – and always ourselves.

The f3–MASTERCLASS PORTRAIT is aimed at photographers and photo artists who focus on the genre of portrait photography. The participants discussed their work in regular project presentations and intensive dialogues. In addition to the creative/artistic examination of the series, questions about the organization of exhibitions, the sale of pictures, the publication and marketing of photographs, in short: everything that belongs to the everyday work of successful photographers and photo artists, finds a place in the master class.

Vernissage: November 9, 2022 from 7 p.m. in f– freiraum für fotografie. Admission is free!

Photo: © Tara Wolff


Tina Modotti is undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of photography. She was an actress, photographer and revolutionary.

Born into the poorest of circumstances, she already had to contribute to the maintenance of her family at the age of twelve. At 17, she embarked from Genoa for the United States in search of a better life.

In 1923 she met the well-known photographer Edward Weston in San Francisco, who introduced her to the medium of photography. Attracted by the revolutionary mood in politics and art, she moved to Mexico with him, like many other intellectuals and artists. Her encounter with the country shaped her life: her main photographic work was created there between 1923 and 1930; she held up a mirror to the country and identified with it socially, politically and culturally.

Modotti quickly developed her own, partisan photography that advocated a fairer world. Her photographs are historical documents of inestimable value. But it does not stop at documenting social circumstances in the country: together with her circle of friends, which included Frida Kahlo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lotte Jacobi, Anna Seghers and Pablo Neruda, she was politically active. In 1930 she was expelled from her adopted country, to which she returned in 1939 after staying in Berlin, Moscow and Spain. In 1942, at the age of only 46, she died of a heart attack in a taxi.

The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi.

Lender: Reinhard Schultz (Galerie Bilderwelt)

In Cooperation with: BLMK (Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst)

Supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the


Women on the Move

With works by: Maria Kapajeva, Natalia Kepesz, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Oksana Parafeniuk, Alicja Rogalska, Violetta Savchits, Elena Subach, Agata Szymanska-Medina, Tatsiana Tkachova

Femen in Ukraine, Pussy Riot in Russia, the Women’s Marches 2020 in Belarus, as well as the struggles against the abortion paragraph in Poland: something is happening in Eastern Europe. For years, women have been drawing attention to themselves with political protests and high-profile actions. Internationally, they are perceived as political actors, publicly shattering the traditional clichés of women as workers, mothers or sex objects.

Women in Eastern Europe have their own history of socialisation: for more than forty years they were considered equal under communism – but usually the sole responsibility for housework and child rearing was added to their gainful employment. Strongly defined gender roles in everyday life appear to be incompatible with the self-image of a new generation of women. Today, the stereotypes have become shaky, or at least somewhat unstable. How do these women see themselves? How do we see them?

In the exhibition Women on the Move, nine female photographers document socio-political changes, but also individual experiences in their countries of origin. Their works take a differentiated look at the current situation and the historical legacy of women in Eastern Europe.

The exhibition was curated by Miriam Zlobinski, Visual Historian.

Photo: © Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Supported by:

New Queer Photography

With works by: Mohamad Abdouni, Michael Bailey-Gates, Maika Elan, Milan Gies, Julia Gunther, Robin Hammond, Claudia Kent, Clifford Prince King, Laurence Rasti, Bradley Secker, Shahria Sharmin, Melody Melamed, Laurence Philomene, Pauliana Valente Pimentel, Soraya Zaman

Digital presentation by: Damien Blottière, Gianfranco Briceño, Francesco Cascavilla, Kostis Fokas, Benjamin Fredrickson, Goodyn Green, Alexandre Haefeli, Florian Hetz, Jonathan Icher, Jan Klos, Matt Lambert, Pepper Levain, Daniel Jack Lyons, Maria Clara Macrì, Mark Mcknight, Rafael Medina, Lia Clay Miller, Manuel Moncayo, Hao Nguyen, Ralf Obergfell, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Brian Oldham, Bettina Pittaluga, Spyros Rennt, Jordan Reznick, Lissa Rivera, Red Rubber Road, Ashkan Sahihi, M. Sharkey, Christopher Sherman, Donal Talbot, Birk Thomassen, Lasha Fox Tsertsvadze, Luis Venegas, Lukas Viar, Danielle Villasana

New Queer Photography is dedicated to all queer people who suffer for their way of life, fight for it, or simply celebrate it.

Julia Gunther takes us on a lesbian beauty pageant in a South African township in her series Rainbow Girls, Bradley Secker portrays LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers from the Middle East who are forced to work as prostitutes in Turkey in SEXugees, Shahria Sharmin documents the lives of Hijras, who have been tolerated as transgender and intersex people on the Indian subcontinent for centuries, Milan Gies deals with prevailing body images in Europe in his work State of Identity, in The Pink Choice, Maika Elan portrays everyday queer life in Vietnam, and Clifford Prince King shares intimate moments between gay black people and people of colour in the USA.

Although current films, series, and Western culture in general suggest that there is broad social acceptance, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTIQ+) or simply queer – as a unifying term – still means discrimination, stigmatisation and exclusion in numerous countries and societies. This not only applies to non-western and non-industrialised countries, but also within Europe, where every tenth person who is open about being queer is still the target of physical violence or sexual assault, as demonstrated by a survey published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in 2020.

For more than four years, dedicated art director and editor Benjamin Wolbergs has collected perspectives from queer photographers from all over the world for his publication New Queer Photography: in addition to works from Europe and the USA, there are series from India, Lebanon, South Africa, Vietnam and the Cape Verde Islands. In their experimental artistic practice, the authors of the images reflect the attitude to life of a new and young generation of queer people who – despite discrimination – live their identity with self-confidence and pride. They use the artistic space to play with genders and ascribed role models without prejudice or danger. Their approaches range from purely documentary reporting to an artistic/staged examination of their own body images.

New Queer Photography reveals visual worlds which have previously gone unseen, aesthetically resisting the heteronormative pigeonholing of gender roles. The photographic positions taken present answers to questions about one’s own sexuality which go beyond the boundaries of taboo, traditional norms and expectations of mainstream society. The exhibition and the programme accompanying it focus on those whose realities, interests and needs are still not sufficiently accepted and visible in the media, in public and in private.

The exhibition was curated by Katharina Mouratidi and Benjamin Wolbergs.

Photo: Self Portrait, 2018. © Michael Bailey-Gates, courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery.

In Cooperation with: Heinrich Böll Stiftung e. V.

Supported by:

_:* Portraits of Artists

„We should all be feminists.“ (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author)

Musician Peaches sits enthroned in front of a group of black dressmaker’s dummies thrown together, photographer Katharina Bosse lies in a bathtub in red light, as if in a darkroom, author Hengameh Yaghoobifarah leans back in an armchair in a tight-fitting dress, dancer Oska Borcherding performs on a flat roof, the Berlin skyline in the background, and actress Bettina Hoppe simply stands in her living room.

Since 2021, Berlin photographer Sibylle Fendt, herself a member of the renowned agency OSTKREUZ, has been portraying artists, actors, authors, musicians and filmmakers. She skilfully transfers the traditional genre of artist portrait into the modern age with her medium-format camera and analogue film material: in bright colours, large-scale, simple or playful, using double exposures and deliberate staging, she explores the work of artists of different generations and backgrounds with sensitivity and great intensity. Many of those portrayed are united by the fact that feminism and the breaking open of traditional gender roles play a central role in their live and occupation. Sibylle Fendt, however, does not place womanhood at the centre of her work, but rather a feminist positioning. “My pictures depict personalities, not genders!” says the photographer.

_:* Portraits of Artists provides a unique insight into the variety and diversity of contemporary artistic practice and introduces us to its representatives, who all too often operate away from the limelight.

Photo: The artist Kis Keya. © Sibylle Fendt, 2022.

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Disparando con el corazón – Shooting from the heart

Joana Biarnés is a legend in Spain. Born in 1935, she was the first woman to conquer the hitherto purely male-dominated profession of press photographer. She is considered the Iberian Peninsula’s first female photojournalist.

Encouragement of her father, Joana Biarnés produces first small reportages already at an early age and enrols as a student at Barcelona’s newly founded Escuela Official de Periodismo (School of Photojournalism) in 1956. At the time of the Franco regime, a very traditional image of women prevailed; alternative lifestyles were an affront and were fought with all means. The young photographer has consequently to courageously assert herself against constant resistance and prejudice. In 1963, she finds a job at the daily newspaper Pueblo, where she quickly won people over: she is modern, cheeky and ironic. With her visual language and self-confident appearance, she strikes a chord in a country which is slowly opening up to Europe after decades of totalitarian rule.

As a photojournalist, Joana Biarnés conquers the world. She documented natural disasters, such as the Flooding of the Vallès (Riadas del Vallès) in 1962, as well as the nation’s most important sporting events; she turned her camera on the daily lives of the country’s people, photographed innovative fashion spreads and socialised with the stars and the members of high society of her time. One of her greatest triumphs is an exclusive reportage on the Beatles’ tour of Spain in 1965, which she manages to get by sneaking into the pop stars’ hotel room under some other pretext.

Joana Biarnés’ work, spanning more than 30 years, documents an epoch: Spain from the mid-1950s to the 1980s. Her images provide an optimistic account of what is termed the Transición, the transition from dictatorship to democracy in the country. Disappointed by the developments in photojournalism, which in the 1980s, with the democratisation and the privatisation of the media landscape, became increasingly oriented towards commercial considerations, she gave up photography.

Her work falls into oblivion for years until it is finally rediscovered in the mid-2010s. For the first time, Disparando con el corazón at freiraum für fotografie makes Joana Biarnés’ unique work accessible to a German audience.

Photo: Unknown. © Joana Biarnés / Fundación Photographic Social Vision.


In Cooperation with:


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Closing Exhibition f3 – Masterclass Portrait

Within the framework of the f3 – Masterclass Portrait 2020-2021, eight intensive works were created, which can now be seen in a joint final exhibition. The subjects of the eight photographers are as different as they are themselves. But the human being is always at the centre.

The renowned photographer and lecturer Sibylle Fendt supervised the participants’ projects for a year. In an intensive dialogue, they dealt with many questions: “How do I approach the person I want to photograph? “What is the relationship between me and my protagonists? “How is this reflected in my work? “What photographic approaches do I pursue? And finally: “What do I want to tell and how?

In regular project presentations, the participants learned to talk about their work and analyse their projects in terms of visual language, technique and approach.

The exhibition combines a great variety of possibilities to reflect on a person, a group, a place of encounter and on being human in itself. The photographers encountered their protagonists with melancholy, wit, seriousness, precision, rigour, pathos and love and created eight unique photographic series. They met soulmates, siblings, people of all ages, a fighter with many obstacles, an ageing icon, their own mother, lateral thinkers and ex-friends. And they always photographed themselves as well.

Direction: Sibylle Fendt

With works by:
Johanna Eckhardt
Rannveig Einarsdóttir
Angela Giebner
Nick Grossmann
Isabel Kittler
Helen Stevens
Giulia Thinnes
Paula G. Vidal

EXHIBITION: 24. – 28. November 2021
Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 7 pm

Photo: © Isabel Kittler, from the series „Sandra K.“, 2021.

LOVE Around the World

What is it actually, the thing we call love? What does it mean to us? Does love make it possible for us to overcome differences which divide us? Is love the most beautiful feeling in the world or is it a mere construct? Does love mean everlasting attachment, the fulfilment of material needs, time spent together, submission, protection – or does it mean disappointment, perhaps?

Croatian photographer Davor Rostuhar proposed to the love of his life, Andela, whilst on an expedition to Antarctica. Together, the adventurous couple decided not to embark on a romantic honeymoon, but instead to travel around the world for a year to explore the phenomenon of love.

On five continents and in 30 countries they conducted 120 interviews. They met people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, and travelled to both, big cities and the countryside. They visited remote tribes in the Amazon and nomads in the desert, spent time high up in the mountains and on South Sea Islands. They spoke with people who live together in all manner of different living arrangements, and ranging in age from five to 90. They asked all of them the same question: What is love, anyway? and recorded their stories.

During their research, they came across couples in the first throes of their romance and couples who had never expressed their emotions in 67 years of marriage. They came across queer love, forbidden love, polyamorous relationships, arranged marriages and strictly religious couples. Across people who defy convention, who transcend boundaries, or who have left everything behind in the name of love. Across love at first sight, love which is slow to bloom, and across unions which began with kidnapping.

In Love Around the World, people from all over the world give fascinating, intimate glimpses into their lives and show what relationships mean to people in different cultures. The collection turns some of our ideas about love on their head and expands our Western view of life in other parts of the world. In the end, this much becomes clear: love is an abstract concept. What people associate with it may be very different. In some languages, there is not even a word for love. However, as an opportunity love is universal.

Supported by: Engagement Global im Auftrag des BMZ
Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe, Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

All Photographs: © Davor Rostuhar.


The f3-freiraum für fotografie is showing the final exhibition of the f3-Masterclass Documentary Photography from 25-29 August. Since spring 2020, the participants have been working on their individual photographic projects under the guidance of photographer Andreas Herzau. Intensive discussions, questions about their own photographic signature, image strategies and forms of presentation as well as reflection on current photographic practice were the focus of the workshop days. The results are as diverse as the participants themselves and have only found their present form through the joint discourse.

The following works will be shown in the exhibition:

Uta GenilkeGrauzone
Eva GrillhöslUrban Paintings
Ralf HenningDead End Paradise
Jaqueline HirscherWenn es einmal länger dauert
Michael KemmerIn Memoriam
Regina Kramer, Wo es war
Jörg MeierZarte Verbindungen
Kerstin MuslMusikerin, die [ˈmuːzɪkəʁɪn]

EXHIBITION: 25 – 29 August 2021
Wednesday-Sunday, 1pm – 7pm

Photo: © Jaqueline Hirscher

A Photo Spirit

With its first solo exhibition in Germany, f– freiraum für fotografie honors the American photographer Ruth Orkin, a chronicler of the 1940s and 1950s.

Everyday scenes, cityscapes, portraits. Ruth Orkin’s photographs tell stories. Of the up-and-coming America of the post-war period, of the attitude to life of a society on the upswing and of women conquering new roles beyond that of housewife and mother. Her humorous yet serious view of the world is evident in the details of the images, in her sense of movement, timing and composition.

Ruth Orkin is one of the few professional women photographers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although she published in numerous newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Life or Look and her photographs were part of the legendary MOMA exhibition The Family of Man, she is still little known internationally. In contrast to many of her male colleagues, whose works are among the icons of street photography.

Ruth Orkin began taking photographs at the age of ten. In 1939, she produced her first major photographic work. At the age of 17, she crossed the USA by bicycle and with the camera, once from L. A. to New York for the World’s Fair. She moved there in 1943. 

With the publication of a photograph in Star magazine, her career as a freelance photographer began in 1945. Ruth Orkin was commissioned by Life to travel to Israel in 1951. She documented the young country and its (newly arrived) inhabitants as well as life in the kibbutz. This trip was one of her most important personal experiences.

One of her most famous images is the photograph American Girl in Italy. For the photograph, she portrayed her travel acquaintance Ninalee Craig (Jinx Allen) surrounded by men in Florence in 1951. Jinx became her friend and muse, inspiring her to create an entire series that shows, with an ironic eye, what it was like to travel alone as a woman in the 1950s. 

Throughout her life and work, Ruth Orkin has experienced, reflected and subverted society’s expectations. Her photographs are modern, free and perceptive commentaries on those times. Ruth Orkin would have turned 100 on September 3, 2021.

The exhibition has been curated by Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Director f3 – freiraum für fotografie, and Nadine Barth, barthouse Berlin.

Supported by:

Foto: American Girl in Italy, Florence, Italy, 1951. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.

HIDDEN – Animals in the Anthropocene

Jon Amad, Stefano Belacchi, Daniel Beltrá, Adam Dean, Aitor Garmendia, Aaron Gekoski, Kelly Guerin, Jan van IJken | Precious Animals, Britta Jaschinski, Lissy Jayne, Konrad Lozinski, Selene Magnolia, Jo-Anne McArthur, Kristo Muurimaa, Adam Oswell, Carlota Saorsa, Andrew Skowron, Timo Stammberger, Luis Tato, Gav Wheatley    

Actually, it’s clear to all of us: our consumer behavior has been ecologically unsustainable for a long time. But instead of really looking for alternatives, we accept factory farming so that our daily piece of meat is always available. To follow the latest trends, we wear clothes that are produced under conditions that are unworthy of humans and animals. For our recreational pleasure we visit zoos where animals are kept far away from their natural habitat.

A closer look at industrial agriculture, the fashion and entertainment industries, research and fishing reveals the cruelty to which animals are subjected on a daily basis. The belief that we can use certain species for our needs is ingrained in us: we capture and imprison them, wear their skin, eat their flesh, and experiment on their bodies in the name of science. How is it that we make such distinctions between domestic and farm animals?

For the project HIDDEN – Animals in the Anthropocene, 40 photographers have joined forces, including some of the world’s best-known wildlife photographers, such as Daniel Beltrá, Aaron Gekoski and Britta Jaschinski. With their photographs, they want to pay attention to this painful subject and raise awareness about the deplorable living conditions animals endure every day.

We know that what we see is wrong.

An exhibition in cooperation with We Animals Media.

Supported by:

Image ​© 2020 We Animals Media / Britta Jaschinski


Susanne Emmermann, Mary Hartwig, Silja Korn, Gerald Pirner

BLIND PHOTOGRAPHERS presents works by four artists from different generations, all of whom lost their sense of sight at some point in their lives. For years now, each of them has been artistically exploring something that is essentially impossible: the act of seeing.

They use the technique of light painting for their photographs, which is almost as old as photography itself. In completely darkened rooms, they work out various aspects of the image they want to convey to viewers using a range of very different light sources they’ve selected themselves. Sighted assistants support them by arranging the motifs according to their instructions and verbally translating what they themselves cannot visually perceive. In this way, the BLIND PHOTOGRAPHERS maintain a high degree of control over the resulting images.

Through their concentrated interaction with the medium, each of them develops an individual and unique visual language. This can range from an abstract play of colors and shapes through black-and-white self-portraits to expressionist narrative forms reminiscent of the works of old masters.

Image describers are available to you during our opening hours, who, through their mediation, allow a completely new view of the works on display. For the blind or the visually impaired, this is a common practice to experience exhibitions. The detailed descriptions open up new horizons for sighted visitors – they learn a different, more intense way of seeing.

In cooperation with Fotostudio für Blinde Fotograf*innen in Berlin and with the kind support of Aktion Mensch.

Photo: © Susanne Emmermann | Fotostudio für Blinde Fotograf*innen

SELECTED WORKS: LUMIX FESTIVAL for Young Visual Journalism

With works by: Shirin Abedi, Hoi Kin Fung, Ana María Arévalo Gosen, Jan Richard Heinicke, Patricia Kühfuss, Maximilian Mann, Maxime Matthys, Sina Niemeyer, Ashfika Rahman, Luca Rotondo, Jeremy Suyker, Angelos Tzortzinis

Multimedia works by: Sarah Hoffmann | Crosscut / KCTS 9, Helena Lea Manhartsberger | Katharina Neuhaus, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Sadegh Souri, Michele Spatari

The LUMIX FESTIVAL for Young Visual Journalism is one of the most important platforms for young documentary photography in Europe. SELECTED WORKS exclusively presents a selection from this year’s edition of the festival. Works by young and committed photo journalists of the 21st century who deal with political, cultural, ecological and social processes in their documentaries. They do not only see themselves as observers of current events, but also want to actively intervene in global debates with their photographs. 

The exhibition has been curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi.

DIGITAL OPENING: August 13, 2020, 7 pm at

In Cooperation with: LUMIX FESTIVAL for Young Visual Journalism

Foto: © Shirin Abedi, from the series May I Have this Dance?

ZEIT-ZEUG*INNEN – Icons of Photojournalism 1932 – 1986

With works by: Eve Arnold, Micha Bar-Am, Bruno Barbey, René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Jean Gaumy, Burt Glinn, Ernst Haas, Josef Koudelka, Erich Lessing, Peter Marlow, Susan Meiselas, Wayne Miller, James Nachtwey, Marc Riboud, Miguel Rio Branco, George Rodger, Sebastião Salgado, David Seymour, Chris Steele-Perkins, Dennis Stock

Photojournalists show us the world. As observers, they take part in historical events in the front row and document current affairs. Their pictures, taken at the decisive moment – the fraction of a second – shape our collective memory.

Photographs such as Robert Capa‘s from the Spanish Civil War, René Burri‘s portrait of Che Guevara, Koudelka‘s reportage of the Prague Spring or Marc Riboud‘s photograph of a young woman standing alone with a flower in her hand in front of the armed U.S. National Guard, have shaped how entire generations understand politics and influenced their social action.

ZEIT-ZEUG*INNEN shows works by members of the legendary agency Magnum Photos. With great commitment, passion and at high personal risk, they have captured moments that made history. The exhibition is a touching visual journey through five decades of photojournalistic work in the 20th century, the so-called Golden Age of Photojournalism. The photographers had access to high-circulation magazines to distribute their extensive long-term reports. Before the popularity of television, it was their pictures that reached a large readership, connected them to the big world and brought news to their living rooms at home.

ZEIT-ZEUG*INNEN is kindly supported by the FamilyOffice partnership PARITER|fortis from Munich.

Photograph: © René Burri/Magnum Photos, Che Guevara, 1963.

f3–Masterclass Closing Exhibition: NEUN MAL ZEHN

f3–freiraum für fotografie shows from 24.–26. January the closing exhibition of the first f3–Masterclass. Over the past nine months, the participants, under the direction of photographer Andreas Herzau, have been working on their individual, photographic projects. The workshop days were characterized by intensive discussions, questions about their own photographic handwriting, image strategies and forms of presentation. The results range from portraits of the LGBTIQ * community in Berlin to studies of Chinese living culture to photographs that address the construction of nature in our cities.

OPENING: Thursday, 23. January 2020, 7 pm
EXHIBITION: 24.– 26. January 2020, 1 – 7 pm

PARTICIPANTS: Gustavo Alàbiso, Sandra Buschow, Michael Bause, Renata Chueire, Alina Fedorenko, Juliane Lindner, Mira C. Merks, Caroline Prange, Walburga Wolters.

Free guided tours through the exhibition:
January 24, 2020, 5 pm
January 25/26, 2020, 3 pm

Photo: © Mira C. Merks

THE ILLEGAL IMAGE – Photography between image prohibition and self-censorship

With works by: Merry Alpern (USA), Jan Dirk van der Burg (The Netherlands), Espen Eichhöfer (Germany), William E. Jones (USA), Carola Lampe (Germany), Beat Streuli (Switzerland)

Today, more than ever, taking photos and being photographed are part of our daily life. And yet, those who take pictures of passers-by without asking for permission run the risk of being sued. Photographs taken without the consent of the person portrayed are in conflict between the personal right and that of artistic freedom. Thus, the following questions arise: What is more important, the right to one’s own image or the right to take pictures? Where are the ethical boundaries of photography? Where does artistic freedom end? 

The photographer Espen Eichhöfer was faced with an injunction after exhibiting a photograph that had been taken on the streets of Berlin. This case, which ended in 2018 before the Federal Constitutional Court, shows how important it is to deal with this contemporary issue.

THE ILLEGAL IMAGE offers a range of snapshots taken in secret, images that fell victim to censorship, to socially critical reports and conceptual studies of the medium of photography. Six artistic positions illuminate the question of legal and illegal images – between social taboo, social relevance and artistic freedom.

The exhibition is curated by Espen Eichhöfer, Katharina Mouratidi and Natascha Pohlmann.

Photo: © Espen Eichhöfer.



The photographer Nelly Rau-Häring documented life in East and West Berlin from the mid-1960s to the 2000s like hardly anyone else. In doing so, she followed her two great passions: her enthusiasm for photography and her curiosity about the people of Berlin. Together with her virtuoso eye for expressive detail, this makes her a very special chronicler.

Through the eyes of Nelly Rau-Häring we experience contemporary history: We are involved in the political protests of the late 1960s in West Berlin and observe the official celebrations on 1 and 8 May in East Berlin, we take part in popular amusements such as the horse races in Hoppegarten and Mariendorf. We see how Neuberliners of the first migrant generation appear in the cityscape, we accompany war widows to the cafés at Ku´damm and observe the shop window displays in the GDR of the 1980s, we feverishly watch the fans of Hertha BSC in the football stadium, stand in the queue of GDR citizens* waiting for the welcome money, cross the western part of the city with the S-Bahn and experience how the isolated Berlin changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

OST/WEST BERLIN is far more than the image of a city and its people in transition. Beyond the factual, the photographs concentrate on moods and feelings, on the joie de vivre and contradictions of the post-war and pre-war years, which Nelly Rau-Häring perceived in divided and later reunited Berlin. It is not a matter of a historical view, but of the personal that shows itself in the social.

In cooperation with Hatje Cantz.

With kind support: Stiftung Berliner Sparkasse.

Greenpeace Photo Award

The Canadian Ian Willms and the Argentine Pablo E. Piovano are the winners of the Greenpeace Photo Award. The prize supports the realization of photo documentation of relevant environmental problems and is awarded since 2014 every two years by Greenpeace Switzerland and Greenpeace Germany. In their long-term projects, the two photographers deal with the current issues of land rights, climate change and the impact of oil exploitation on indigenous communities.

Pablo E. Piovano (* 1981) documents decades of land conflicts in Patagonia. In the Araucania region of Chile, the Mapuche defend their land rights as Native Americans – even against the government that accuses them of being terrorists. They fight against the destruction of their livelihoods and claim the right to live their centuries-old traditions. In his photographs, Piovano contrasts the unique beauty, biodiversity and cultural diversity of Patagonia with the brutal struggle for its future.

In his project As Long as the Sun Shines, the photographer Ian Willms (* 1985) shows the consequences of oil sands exploitation in Alberta, Canada. Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, enormous clearing areas tear deep wounds into the land. The oil from the tar sands is washed with massive amounts of water, energy and chemicals – an “ecological disaster of the highest explosiveness” (Lars Lindemann, picture editor magazine GEO). For more than eight years, Ian Willms photographed the connections between economic recovery, global climate change and social injustice to indigenous people.

In Cooperation with Greenpeace e.V.

Photo: © Pablo E. Piovano

Im [Un]Ruhestand

The political scientist Gesine Schwan, the photographer Walter Schels, the professor Jeanine Meerapfel, the toilet guard Werner Berlin, the writer Rafik Schami, the actor Michael Gwisdek, the social pedagogue Petra Peterich have all something in common: They work, even though they have reached the retirement age already long ago.

Their motivation is very different. Petra Peterich wants to give something back to society: “Why do I do it all? Because it is a social task – and because I can do it! “, Werner Berlin finances with his job the joint holidays with his wife, while the photographer Walter Schels simply says:” Life is too short to stop working.”

The number of older working people in Germany is increasing rapidly. The labor force participation of 60- to 64-year-olds has almost tripled in the last ten years. At the same time, fewer and fewer people will be available to the labor market in the coming years. A retirement age of 69 is currently being discussed.

For more than seven years Lübeck-based photographer Arne Wesenberg has been portraying the reality of life of those who –  voluntarily or out of economic necessity – have been working in their old age. Im [Un]Ruhestand provides in more than 200 portraits individual answers to questions about demographic aging, a functioning pension system and the importance of working in our society.

Photo: © Arne Wesenberg from the series Im [Un]Ruhestand

Ident•i•gration – home and identity in a globalized world

“Where do you come from?” Some of us answer this everyday question simply  – without any ulterior motives, while this question perplexes others. There are many possible answers: „from the bakery“, „from the hairdresser – can´t you see that?”, „from the supermarket“ „from Harz“ and „from Hamburg”. Sometimes the answer leaves the questioner unsatisfied: “No, I do not mean THAT, I mean, where do you originally come from?”

“Where do you come from?” opens up the vast field of our definition of identity and how we classify affiliations. When the question is directed to one of the 19.5 million people with a migrant background living in Germany, it is usually meant as an attempt, to place the subject in familiar categories in order to better relate to them. But instead of getting to know them, the question often blurs individualities and stigmatizes the person as „the other“.

Ident•i•gration investigates how identity is formed in our globalized world. The photographers Schmoo Theune and Susann Tischendorf present us sixteen people from different generations and with very different life stories with hybrid narrative forms including photography, texts and archival material. Through these stories they try to answer what identity and homeland can be in our globalized world.

The exhibition takes place as part of the XB-Lab project. Supported by Modellprogramm „Utopolis – Soziokultur im Quartier“ im Rahmen der ressortübergreifenden Strategie Soziale Stadt „Nachbarschaften stärken, Miteinander im Quartier“ des Bundesministeriums des Innern, für Bau und Heimat und der Beauftragten für Kultur und Medien.

Photo © Susann Tischendorf from the series Ident.i.gration

Crazy – Living with mental illness

CRAZY – Living with mental illness with works by Laia Abril (Spain), Sibylle Fendt (Germany), Nora Klein (Germany), Louis Quail (UK) and Melissa Spitz (USA).

More than one in four adults in Germany suffers from a mental disorder during their lifetime. The most common symptoms are anxiety, depression and addiction. For the almost 18 million people affected and their social environment, this often results in massive restrictions in all areas of their lives.

Although mental illnesses affect a large part of the population, they are often stigmatized and tabooed. There are unclear ideas about living with mental illnesses in their various manifestations; individual clinical pictures unsettle outsiders. Thus it is hardly possible to get close to those affected in their world.

The exhibition CRAZY – Living with mental illness presents works by five internationally renowned photographers. They have dealt with the subject for very personal reasons.

The Spanish photographer Laia Abril tells the story of the Robinson family in her internationally acclaimed series The Epilogue. The Robinsons lost their youngest daughter due to bulimia.

In Gärtners Reise (Gärtner’s Voyage), the Berlin based OSTKREUZ photographer Sibylle Fendt documents the last journey of the couple Lothar and Elke Gärtner. Two years before the journey, Elke Gärtner had been diagnosed with dementia.

The photographer Nora Klein from Erfurt tried together with people affected by the disease to translate depression in pictures. Her first illustrated book Mal gut, mehr schlecht. (Sometimes good, mostly bad.) has been published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The Brit Louis Quail shows in his intimate photographic approach Big Brother his brother’s life with schizophrenia.

New York-based photographer Melissa Spitz dedicates her work You Have Nothing to Worry About to the emotional life of her seriously mentally ill mother.

With kind support of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde e. V. (DGPPN; German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics).

Photo: © Louis Quail from the series Big Brother.

#women- photographer Vol. I

#womenphotographer Vol. I with works by Berenice Abbott, Merry Alpern, Diane Arbus, Elinor Carucci, Nan Goldin, Germaine Krull, Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier, Inge Morath, Ruth Orkin, Rosemarie Pierer, Dayanita Singh, Annette von Keudell and Karin Székessy.

Women conquered the new medium of photography in the 19th century. As pioneers, they contributed essentially to its development and the emergence of new photographic ways of seeing. The Cyanotype Photograms by Anna Atkins are among the first photographs published as scientific illustrations.

Photography enabled women to realize their idea of a self-determined, creative life, to travel and to earn their own living. In addition to portrait, fashion, and architectural photography, female photographers also excelled in photojournalism from the 1920s onwards. Often they focused on the everyday, on the living conditions of women and children, documented social marginal groups and examined the female body relentlessly with the camera.

Did they choose themes that are off the beaten track of world politics, as they have always been attributed to them by society? Or because they can gain intimate access to their subjects, which is denied to their male counterparts? Or does it finally exist, the female gaze?

The exhibition #womenphotographer Vol. I wants to provide insights into the diverse work of female photographers and to initiate a deeper study of their view of the world.

Photo: © Ruth Orkin Photo Archive.

Where Love Is Illegal

The acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people (LGBTI) has increased significantly in recent decades. However, people whose sexual orientation and gender identity do not conform to the norm are still being prosecuted in 72 countries of the world. The brutality is shocking: fines, imprisonment, torture – in some cases also the death penalty – are on the agenda of daily oppression.

For several years, the internationally acclaimed photographer Robin Hammond – a member of the Amsterdam agency NOOR – travelled through countries where LGBTI people are persecuted and threatened. This resulted in hundreds of portraits of people who – openly or secretly – have to defend their identity anew every day, often at risk to life and limb.

Robin Hammond took his impressive portraits on Polaroid film, which gives them their own, almost surreal and dreamlike visual aesthetics. Through the shooting technique, the careful approach to its protagonists and the use of the available light, Where Love Is Illegal is not only an invaluable document of our time, but also demonstrates the photographer’s extraordinary ability for artistic expression.

In  cooperation with: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
With kind support: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hannchen-Mehrzweck-Stiftung.

Eric *

In his long-term study Eric*, Dutch photographer Jasper Groen tells the story of Eric, a woman-to-man transsexual. The intensive portraits that Jasper Groen has taken in close contact with Eric since 2012 focus on showing the emotions of his protagonist in a subtle visual language; they favour quiet, barely perceptible tones. Jasper Groen (1974, Nieuwkoop) is one of the most important up-and-coming Dutch photographers of his generation. His works have been shown at the FOAM Amsterdam, the Netherlands Photo Museum, the Fotofestival Naarden and the Melkweg Gallery.


The new series AM by Andreas Herzau uses Angela Merkel as an example to examine the relationship between politics and the public as well as the representation of female power. Andreas Herzau accompanied the CDU chairman and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel for years at public performances for his photographic investigation. AM shows the theatre, the absurdities and realities of political life, the loneliness, the struggle, the power and the injuries that politics brings with it as a profession. For his work, Herzau makes use of the collective knowledge of one of the most photographed persons on the political stage: he deconstructs rituals of public self-presentation with excerpts and sometimes enigmatically encrypted images, thereby making unexpected details speak for themselves. Andreas Herzau’s black and white photographs counter the inflationary level of Angela Merkel’s images with an attempt to visually do justice to one of the most influential personalities of our time.

An exhibition in the framework of the European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP).


Do tax havens really look like this? The large number of articles and reports on this topic are usually illustrated with pictures of tropical beaches. They conceal the fact that today more than half of world trade is conducted through these places.

Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti travelled for several years through the world’s tax havens. From the British Virgin Islands to the City of London, from the Cayman Islands to Luxembourg and the Netherlands: The Heavens – Annual Report takes us on a journey into a rarely seen, mysterious world of the rich and super-rich.

Around 32 trillion US dollars are hidden in tax havens worldwide. This corresponds to about ten times the GDP of Germany. Individuals and companies circumvent financial requirements and reduce their tax payments – often completely legally. They deprive the general public of funds for education, health care or public safety.

With The Heavens – Annual Report, Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti succeed in translating this elusive theme into haunting photographs. They show not only what tax havens are, but also what they mean for all of us.


“What did my parents experience when they were as old as my son is today? What made them what they are today?” These are the questions the photographer Frederike Helwig and the author Anne Waak examine in her project, Kriegskinder.

People born in the late 1930s and early 1940s, who grew up during World War II, are now in their eighth decade of life. Here, they look back and talk — some of them for the first time ever — about what marked them: bombs, flight, fear, hunger, illness, missing fathers, overwhelmed mothers, and the silence of the post-war era, when it was thought that memories of the war and its intergenerational consequences should be forgotten.

“The people portrayed had the courage to stand before the camera and tell their stories. Most of their recollections are anecdotal, with varying degrees of selfreflection. Trauma or transgenerational consequences are rarely addressed, and hence reflect the usual silence that continues to this day. Readers are therefore required to read between the lines, to reflect upon their own family histories, and to begin discussing the worst chapter in German history.” writes the author Alexandra Senfft in the foreword of the book Kriegskinder.

The project shows forty-four analogue portrait photos of a generation whose memories will soon vanish. Juxtaposing numerous childhood recollections with the portraits of the witnesses results in a complex image of the generations during the Nazi era.

An exhibition in cooperation with Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The Atlas of Beauty

In 2013 Mihaela Noroc decided to quit her job and to dedicate herself exclusively to photography and travel. She called The Atlas of Beauty into life. At first only a personal photo project The Atlas of Beauty quickly became a global undertaking. Traveling only with her backpack and her camera equipment, the photographer since then has been portraying more than 2,000 women from over 50 countries: from Germany to North Korea, from Myanmar to Iceland.

The result is a kaleidoscope of women’s portraits, which could not be more different. „For me, beauty is diversity. It is much more than what we often see today in mass media”, says the photographer about her project.

In a time of ubiquitous beauty ideals, standardized bodies and body optimization, The Atlas of Beauty shows photographs that encourage women worldwide to go their own path and to discover their own beauty, beyond marketing campaigns and social constraints.


The upcoming, modern photography of photographers from Turkey is hardly known inside and outside their own country. Faced with wars and unrest in the Middle East as well as with the national developments, a generation of independent photographers has developed. They closely observe social developments in their homeland.

Aesthetically and thematically, these young photographers mark a leap in Turkey’s history of photography. One of the outstanding characteristics of their generation is the multifaceted nature of their forms of expression and their ability to develop, in addition to visual and narrative strategies of photojournalism, their own conceptual visual languages.

Photographers: Kemal Aslan, Emine Akbaba, Göksu Baysal, Kürşat Bayhan, Barbaros Kayan, Emin Özmen, Ceren Saner and the collective NARphotos.

Curated by: Attila Durak (Artistic Director FotoIstanbul), Gisela Kayser (Artistic Director Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director GfHF).

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 7 pm
with Attila Durak, Artistic Director FotoIstanbul and Emin Özmen, MAGNUM photographer.

Friday, 15 September 2017, 7 pm
Introduction: Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky, Head of Department EU/North America, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Talk: Kristian Brakel, Office Director Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Istanbul, Photographer Emine Akbaba and Mehmet Kaçmaz, Photographer NARphotos.

A project in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

With kind support by: Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung, HALBE-Rahmen, d´




NarPhotos: Moments from Turkey

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and f³ – freiraum für fotografie show a selection of works by the collective NARphotos.

NARphotos is a collective established in 2003 by photographers for whom documentary photography is a visual tool of  “understanding and expressing” the world. The aim is to show the various conditions in human life. For the members the way of realizing their projects has an importance as well as the final result. In times where producing together, sharing the knowledge, support and collectivism become less, they belive that the function of the images has a priority over their plastic and esthetic values. Members of NARphotos do not accept what is given as the way it is. Instead of staying satisfied with the given answers, they prefer to ask more questions. They produce photo reportages with the idea of trying to change the situation instead of admitting and protecting the existing circumstances.

Curated by: Attila Durak (Artistic Director FotoIstanbul), Gisela Kayser (Artistic Director Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director GfHF).

The exhibition is to be seen at Heinrich-Böll-StiftungSchumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin.

With kind support by: Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung, HALBE-Rahmen, d´


Some things simply need to be seen

The photo agency NOOR – signifying light in Arabic – represents thirteen of the world’s most renowned documentary photographers. Their works are published internationally in major daily newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Le Monde, National Geographic and Stern. The NOOR photographers report with great personal envolvement from areas of conflict and war zones all over the world. Their images give us an understanding of the most pressing issues of today’s world – realized in a visually excellent und aesthetically outstanding manner.

At the occasion of the agency’s 10th anniversary, the exhibition NOOR by NOOR – award-winning reportages on today’s world focuses on this unique photography collective for the first time in Germany. The exhibition brings to mind the most important political and social developments of the past 10 years in the form of award-winning photo reportages.

Focussing on themes such as war and crisis, flight and migration, climate change and women’s rights, NOOR by NOOR presents a selection of 80 photographs and multimedia films: the shattering images from war zones by Yuri Kozyrev, Nina Berman’s portraits of American war veterans Purple Hearts, Bénédicte Kurzen’s documentation of sexual violence in Haiti, the series One Goal on the civil war in Sierra Leone by Pep Bonet and Kadir van Lohuizen’s awakening report Where Will We Go? about the consequences of climate change in the Pacific Ocean.

NOOR, headquartered in Amsterdam, is made up of thirteen photographers: Nina Berman, Pep Bonet, Andrea Bruce, Alixandra Fazzina, Stanley Greene, Tanya Habjouqa, Robin Hammond, Yuri Kozyrev, Bénédicte Kurzen, Sebastián Liste, Kadir van Lohuizen, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola. .

Curated by Gisela Kayser (Artistic Director Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director GfHF).

Opening NOOR by NOOR on 14 June 2017, 7 pm. Speakers
Tom Maasen, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Peter Bitzer, Managing Director Agentur laif
Clément Saccomani, Managing Director NOOR

On the occasion of NOOR’s 10th anniversary & the NOOR by NOOR exhibition, GfHF & NOOR are pleased to invite professional photographers to Berlin for special workshops with Tanya Habjouqa and Sebastián Liste. You can find the detailed workshop program and all infos for the application here.

With kind support by:
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
HALBE Rahmen

A Life in Death

As a child, I simply couldn’t imagine life without my parents. I assumed that they would be there for every important milestone in my life, and that they would grow old together. I never thought that I would lose them both by the time I was twenty-nine.” – Nancy Borowick

In her long term reportage A Life In Death Nancy Borowick documents the lives of her parents affected by cancer. Borowick accompanied them over the course of several years with the camera. With great respect, she shows us her parents’ experiences while both undergo cancer treatment – their shifting dynamics and the daily banter of a couple that shares infinitely more than this challenge. Pictures of a family and their everyday life, characterized by love and loss.

Nancy Borowick’s work reflects a situation that many of us have experienced as patients, partners, in the family and among friends. Despite their intimacy, Borowick’s images are never voyeuristic or baring. Rather it is the great peace and strength in them, that raises the questions of how to deal with illness and death in our society.

The series was awarded the World Press Photo Award in the category long term project in 2016.

Speakers at the exhibition opening
Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Diector Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie
Nadine Barth, Consulting Editor for Photography Art Books at Hatje Cantz Verlag
Nancy Borowick, Photographer