Thomas Meyer: Inside Stasi - showing traces for East Germany’s Stasi secret service, which used to spy widely on its own citizens. People often complain about this kind of detached style of photography, but I think it works so well for projects like this one: Instead of creating some artificial drama with photographic means, it’s left up to the viewer to imagine what went on - which is what successful movie directors used to do before CGI made it too tempting to show everything.
Jens Rötzsch: Pentecost meeting of the FDJ. The FDJ was East Germany’s youth organization; and I suppose part of the appeal of this work for me (I grew up in West Gemany) is to see something I’m completely unfamiliar with. That said, the photography is very nice, with a great eye for colour.
Jordis Antonia Schlösser: Sex and Islam: “In early 2005 Jordis Antonia Schlösser visits Egypt and the Lebanon where she meets various people with quite different ideas of sexuality. On the one hand, the photographer observed secretively admitted caresses although those are generally not accepted in public. On the other, Schloesser detected a distinctly noticeable permissiveness among other people.”