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Photo Editor’s Choice / Jan-Feb 2014

 

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Manhattan

Stephanie Steinkopf 

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend© 2012 Stephanie Steinkopf  

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Straße der Jugend

(Street of Youth)

A photographic work about poverty in Germany

 

When I first viewed Stephanie Steinkopf’s “Manhattan” I was expecting in seeing photographs from New York City’s most famous borough and not the downtrodden of those living in a nearly vacant apartment complex in a small village outside of Berlin, Germany.

The photographs give insight into the lives of residents in an area of eastern Germany where the promise of prosperity after reunification never was realized. Steinkopf, over four years, was able gain the residents’ trust to photograph very personal moments. Hopefully, the socially concerned photographer will continue using her medium to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Unfortunately the self-published book, in its second edition, is out of print. With luck, another edition is in the works.

– Chuck Haupt, Ragazine’s Photo Editor

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Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

Manhattan-Stra§e der Jugend

…How do people live here 23 years after the fall of the wall? What do the residents wish for? What are their dreams, visions, hopes and fears? What does their everyday life look like? „Straße der Jugend“, „Street of Youth“ is printed on the main road’s sign, leading past Manhattan. It once was to be a road to the future. What future is there here to be had?” …Manhattan: Street of Youth“ offers us an insight into everyday life. These portrayals are the result of ongoing contact with the residents, full of sadness, disillusion, hope and happiness. They are portrayals of life here, of life now, both young and old, of men and women, of being there but wanting not to be, of personal and regional tragedy.

-From Manhattan, text by Jens Thomas

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About the photographer:
Stephanie Steinkopf (1978) earned an MA in Ethnomusicology, Contemporary History and Latin American Studies before starting to study photography. She graduated from the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin in 2012. Her long-term project ‘Manhattan – Street of Youth’ won first prize in the Vattenfall Photo Awards in 2012. In early 2013, Steinkopf’s work was presented in several gallery exhibitions, e.g., C|O Berlin, Kunstverein Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, etc. Her work is focused on long-term projects based on the development of close relationships with individuals.   Steinkopf is a freelance photographer in Berlin.

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cover2 Self- published | Format 24 x 28,5 cm | 39 photographs  84 pages |Carton cover |Open spine | Text by Jens Thomas in both German and English

Exhibition at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Gute Aussichten – new German photography 2013/2014, Febuary 7 till March 23

 

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December 31, 2013   Comments Off on Photo Editor’s Choice / Jan-Feb 2014