On July 1 and 2, 2017 the festival presents interesting and exciting lectures where photographers will talk about their work and projects. These lectures will take place at the Kulturort Depot. The entry fee is 2,50 € per lecture. Tickets can be bought all day long at the cash point.


Furthermore there will be lectures on Friday July 7, Sunday July 9 and on Friday July 14, 2017 (for more information see below). The entrance to these lectures is free.


Saturday, 01.07.2017

12 pm    -    Robert Schlotter 

Robert Schlotter, born 1981 in Jena, completed an apprenticeship as technical assistant in Plauen / Vogtl. He studied photography from 2003 onwards at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld. In 2009, he completed his studies with the  work ´Memories and how to get them` with Prof. Katharina Bosse. He works in the area of conceptual, artistic photography. In 2010, he and Katrin Kamrau founded the malenki.net platform, which creates a bridge between classical book publishing and artistic editions.

 In his lecture, Robert Schlotter will talk about his work in general and the work ´Beyond Cold War` in particular. In doing so, he will also illuminate the conception of the resulting book and provide further insights into the functioning of malenki.net.


1:30 pm     -    Thomas Albdorf  (in English)  

Under Construction - lens-related contemporary image production

„One mountain can signify a different mountain, clouds can be petrified, water can become dust.“

 Thomas Albdorf will talk about the contemporary status of the photographic image, especially its online decontextualization and the changes that it undergoes due to possibilities of digital post-processing and distribution. Photography moves away from its indexical reference and from being a singular act, the moment to release the shutter. Photographic images are products of a sum of decisions from staging the object to post-processing and possibly print or digital formatting such as JPEG (and beyond). The actual photographic image no longer serves as self-contained piece of work, but becomes a space of possibilities due to primarily digital post-processing and recontextualization that open up many different ways of interpretation. Thomas Albdorf, born in Austria in 1982, lives and works in Vienna. He gained his diploma in 2013 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Brigitte Kowatz' class Transmedia Art). Among the „Ones to Watch 2014“ of the British Journal of Photography; UNSEEN Amsterdam Talent Award September 2016. Publications in FOAM Magazin, British Journal of Photography, Interview Magazine etc.


3 pm    -    Robert Knoth  (in English)


 “The photograph” Fred Ritchin states in After Photography, “is no longer a tangible object, it is part of a larger array of linked dynamic media.” “Distance may me illusory, certain measurements are impossible, time may go backwards, particles can be in two places simultaneously.” The non-linear character of digital imagery suited well in explaining the undercurrent in our project POPPY, TRAILS OF AFGHAN HEROIN: how interconnectivity in a modern world creates multiple destabilizing forces of its own. Traditional –or analogue-ways of visualizing these complexities no longer suffice. Therefore, we aimed to experiment in exploring and creating new forms of storytelling, integrating different disciplines and techniques. During our talk I will show how we have used material from our documentary work collected during two decades and why we combined that with the raw, unfiltered (amateur) pictures from public sources such as YouTube, WikiLeaks and Google Earth, sources that did not exist twenty years ago, but now provide valuable imagery and information.


4:30 pm    -    Cristina de Middel   (in English)

Cristina de Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. After a successful career as a photojournalist, de Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze. She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. De Middel continuously produces new bodies of work. The series This is what hatred did (2014), Sharkification (2015) and Jan Mayen (2015), to name a few examples were all published as books in 2015.
De Middel’s work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can, highlighting that our expectation that photography must always make reference to reality is flawed.

Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, POPCAP’ 13, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Cristina de Middel lives and works in Mexico.


6 pm    -    Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch


Human and the Beast – Scenes of a Complex Relationship

 Heidi and Hans-Jürgen Koch have been exploring the different facets of the relationship between humans and animals for over 25 years. It includes rescuing, killing, feeding, petting, collecting, healing, selling and buying. Religion, culture, philosophy and political correctness have shaped this relation ever since. Animals are saviors and enemies, entertainers and an emotional focus. It is a rather complex field.

The married couple will tell stories about their professional lives that will provoke smiles, astonishment, a little sadness and shaking heads. This special photo safari will always also lead back to the most bizarre of all creatures, namely human beings.

If asked, the couple call their own work "life-form photography". Their very own perspective was nominated for numerous awards such as the World Press Photo Award, the Art Directors Club Award, the Lead Award, the German Award for Science Photography, the German Photobook Award and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award.


7:30 pm    -    Round Table with talks by...



Sebastian Spasic started his career in the field of interior design and turned himself into a self-taught photographer. His photographic style is highly recognizable and quickly gained him immense recognition and assignments by well-known companies. Born in Paderborn, the commercial photographer is now internationally known through working for Microsoft, Adobe, the soccer clubs Paris St, Germain and FC Barcelona and others. Spasic was one of the first professional photographers to identify Instagram's potential. His account @Akusepp has over 282.000 followers and is one of the most popular German Instagram accounts. His year-long experience makes him a sought-after expert for influencer marketing as well as a consultant for companies and their communication strategies in the digital age.



Pickmotion chooses the most beautiful Instagram photos for your post cards which are handpicked, square and distinctive. Those post or greeting cards revive the tradition of postcard writing and resemble instant photographs. As of today, over 200 photographers have contributed to the portfolio. The team carefully chooses photos and adds well-chosen words. Executive photo editor and community manager Silvia Halfter will give insight into one of the most exciting creative companies in Berlin.




Sollena Photography

Sandra is born in Switzerland in 1982 and currently lives in Wiesbaden.

Photography has been a part of her life since early childhood. Armed with her first camera, she roamed the streets of her home town and almost ate her family out of house and home because she used up the analog films so quickly. She has been working on her project „sollena fotografie“ as a portrait photographer since 2011 with all her passion and drive. Sandra's pictures are characterized by a love for characteristic faces, beards, colors and contrasts. Her Instagram account @sollenaphotography has over 13,000 followers. (mittlerweile ist sie bei 14.500 Followern)




Sunday, 02.07.2017

11 am    -    Uwe H. Martin & Frauke Huber


In their long-term project LandRush, Uwe H. Martin and Frauke Huber examine the global common goods water, seeds and land between the conflicting priorities of food security, energy production and vanishing resources. Hereby they work in various fields from publishing in newspapers and magazines (e.g. GEO, Süddeutsche Zeitung, LFI) to interactive apps and web-documentaries and complex spatial installations in an international context. Frauke and Uwe will explain how this transmedia concept allowed them to succeed in developing and funding LandRush in the long run.


Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin are visual storytellers, members of the collective Bombay Flying Club and partake in the international art and research project World Of Matter. They work with photography, sound, text and film in order to create long-term documentations about economic and ecological topics. Additionally, Uwe teaches photography and multimedia storytelling worldwide and is cofounder of Riff Reporter, a new network for independent journalism.


1 pm    -    Barbara Dombrowski

Barbara Dombrowski is a freelance photographer and artist who lives in Hamburg. She studied visual communication in Hamburg and Paris where she was on an art scholarship. For the past six years she has been ambitiously working on an artistic photo project about climate change. She chose Greenland and the Amazon rainforest as two exemplary regions that will undergo irreversible processes due to global warming. Dombrowski engages with the world in times of global warming, observing those two places relevant to climate changes, and examines the population that negotiates between traditions, globalization and modernization. Their existence and environment are threatened from the outside by modern life styles, direct and indirect consequences of climate change. Dombrowski works on a book and exhibition about the people and the ecosystems in East Greenland and the Amazon rainforest. She observed people and their communities in both regions, participated in their daily lives and portrayed them and their natural surroundings. This inspired the idea of an installation that would juxtapose the two extremes respectively. Therefore, Dombrowski created large-sized photos and installed them both in Greenland and in the Amazon rainforest which led to new ways of integrating these photographs into the landscapes and building connecting ties between those two cultures.


2:30 pm    -    Dagmar Van Weeghel (in English)

Dagmar Van Weeghel studied Film and Photography in Amsterdam, graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy of the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 1988. Perpetually drawn to the African continent, Van Weeghel lived, travelled and worked on the African continent for almost 14 years and married a man from Zimbabwe. Later they relocated to Europe. In the Netherlands she was painfully aware of the struggles of her husband as he tried to define himself. The absence of his homeland, roots, family and culture and the Western Gaze repressed his identity.  Van Weeghel is naturally drawn to people in the African diaspora who have (had) identity issues like her husband and is passionate to conquer the colonial stereotypical interpretations of the Africa continent and its people. To offer viewers a new or another perspective, to bridge between cultures.


Dagmar Van Weeghel will talk about her journey as a social filmmaker and working as a photographer since late 2015. She will highlight some of her projects, her inspirations. She considers herself an allround photographer. Stories inspire her, people inspire her. As a natural storyteller, she sees herself as a ‘change maker’. Whether it’s with film or photography- for her it’s important that she conveys a message through her work. She has always been concerned with the story and the people she is filming or photographing. Her photography relates to resettlement. She sees the struggle for the self, the family and the community and she works passionately to give people a more beautiful and real perspective of themselves, the world and each other. Most of her works are also coauthored by the portrayed. She likes to work with real people and real stories. Women especially. And she tries to construct a narrative that not only relates to the person she is photographing, but also relates to her personal life.

4 pm    -    Mattia Zoppellaro (in English)

Mattia Zoppellaro was born in Rovigo in 1977. He studied photography at IED in Milan from 1997 to 2000.

In 2002, after two years working experience at the Photography department of Fabrica (Benetton’s Communication Research Centre), he moved to England, where he started shooting for several music magazines and record labels.

In the meantime he develops different projects, from social reportage (Irish Travellers, Kosovar Refugees, Western Africa Witch Hunters, Hackney’s Homeless, Maximum Security Prisons in Italian North East), to entertainment (Sicilian Religious Ceremonies, Milan Porn Fair) and youth culture features (European Rave Parties, Mexican Punks, Dakar’s Hip Hop Scene). He is now living between London and Milan. His work has been published on Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Sunday Times Magazine, Financial Times Weekend, El Pais Semanal, L’Espresso, D La Repubblica, Io Donna, GQ, Les Inrockuptibles, Mojo, NME.

His lecture gives insight into his editorial work (with subjects like Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Usain Bolt, Wes Anderson, U2,...), and personal projects, especially focusing on: "Dirty Dancing" (about the european rave scene in the late 90s-early 00s) and "Appleby" (about Irish travellers), the latter soon to be published as a book by Contrasto.


Friday, 07.07.2017

7 pm    -    Michael Ende    (location: Kulturort Depot)

"Distant Neighbours"

 Micha Ende lives in Brazil since 1985 and now moves between Brazil, China and Germany. His project is an attempt at photographically approaching the newly industrializing economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, also known as BRICS countries. Those five countries count almost half of the world's population (3.6 out of 7.5 billion people).

This project originates from a portrait series in which the faces of people from Northeast Brazil were contrasted with portraits of their distant neighbors from the Shandong province in East China.

The series Waste and Wealth is a continuation of this project. It depicts Chinese and Brazilian garbage collectors, the materials they work with and the garbage landscapes that grow in both countries. Portraits of people from the other BRICS countries are in the making. The project is open to photographers from Germany and the BRICS countries.


sunday, 09.07.2017

4 pm    -    Felix Kleymann   (location: 44309 street//art gallery)

Felix Kleymann will give an exciting insight into an extraordinary journey and its dangers. The virtual journey takes you through the life of the camps in the Northern Iraq and the refugee camps in Turkey, right up to Kleymanns own arrest and resettlement. A two-month journey, which made him experience the fate of the people at first hand.


Friday, 14.07.2017

6 pm    -    Alexandra Breitenstein     (location: Auslandsgesellschaft Intercultural Academy gGmbH)

Photographer Alexandra Breitenstein presents her project "Home stories" in the lobby of the Auslandsgesellschaft Intercultural Academy gGmbH.

 The project portrays people from different backgrounds who, for good reasons such as war, prosecution or discrimination, had to leave their home countries and now live in their own apartments in Dortmund.