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Germany – no easy homeland. Neither is it one for photographer Bastienne Schmidt who – resident in New York since 1988 – is taking a trip with her camera through the country of her birth. The award-winning artist is discovering a seemingly rejecting, severe and dark, sometimes bizarre, place, looking strange and at the same time familiar through her lens. The photographs, which have a great suggestive power, turn the completely ordinary into a seemingly strange and different world. With portraits that exude a certain distance, unusual perspectives and extraordinary details, Bastienne Schmidt holds up a mirror to the Germans and takes the viewer on a provocative journey through Germany’s past and present.
Photos : Bastienne Schmidt, born 1961 in Munich, Germany, studied in Athens, Munich and Perugia, lives in New York since 1988. She received numerous international awards including the World Press Photo Award. Awards 1996 Irene C. Fromer Award, Snug Harbor, New York. 1996 Death in America Project Grant from the Soros Foundation, New York. Kodak Book Award for “Vivir la Muerte”, Stuttgart. 1993 German Photoprize, Landesgirokasse Stuttgart. 1992 World Press Photo, Amsterdam.