Oh, it’s not so easy to pick out a specific work. The ministers are always very exciting. I was very pleased to photograph Kevin Kühnert for the Taz, simply because he’s also a Berliner and I thought it might be a good appointment. And it was. Maybe it’s typical Berliners, but I could talk to him directly as if he were a buddy of mine. Simply very sympathetic and he had additionally also brought along some time.
Another very nice job was to photograph Geertje Marquardt, who planned to cross Greenland once with only one sled. To document her preparations for this journey, also to picture this inner, mental preparation, was fun and very inspiring.
One last example: The F.A.Z. had commissioned me to photograph a married couple in a so-called “intelligentsia settlement” in the former GDR. This settlement was built at that time especially for artists and intellectuals. The woman belonged at that time, as a teenager, with her parents to the first occupants. She still lives there today with her husband. I was pleased about this commission, because I also work a lot about East Germany and the post-reunification period in my freelance projects due to my own biography.
The GDR and the post-reunification period is my self-chosen focus. I think that we are still in the process of coming to terms with the past. This reappraisal makes a not inconsiderable contribution to how we understand the here and now. After all, there are still repercussions today. That’s why I find it very exciting when I meet people who can tell me about that time. About the country I also come from. I was born in East Berlin in 1984.