Merkel - Person Of The Year 2015
Time Magazine announced the Person of the Year - Angela Merkel
And writes "The German chancellor, whose leadership has helped preserve and promote an open, borderless Europe in the face of economic turmoil and an ongoing refugee crisis, is TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year."
Photograph by Stefan Boness—PANOS
Back from Eritrea
Just back from Eritrea. Photos will be ready soon.
Found this interesting blog by Tanja R. Müller: Media reporting from the global fringes – observations from Eritrea and beyond. The blog offers some thoughts on the recent media reporting that has been done by some of those journalists who didn't and some who did actually visit Eritrea.
MEMENTO MORAVIAE – a joined project by Czech poet Radek Malý and myself - presented via a webpage. Through a combined visual and lyrical approach, the project reflects on past history and traces its legacies in contemporary Moravia, Czech Republic.
Döpfner – Einfach mal Sexy sein
Merkel via iPhone
The German chancellor Angela Merkel seems to have connected with the popular mood once again when she took the lead in welcoming refugees to Germany, here announced at the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin. Photos taken via iPhone here.
But only a few days later, the welcome became more qualified as temporary border controls were introduced - does this represent a wider change in policy towards refugees?
Walter Benjamin's last journey
The Chemin de Walter Benjamin is the path German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin took from Banyuls-sur-Mer in France across the Pyrenees to Portbou in Spain in September 1940 to escape persecution by the Nazis.
After seven exhausting years of exile in different parts of Europe, when the local authorities in Spain threateded to sent him back, Benjamin committed suicide in Portbou. The end of Benjamin's final journey is today remembered with the 'Passages' Memorial - next to the municipal cemetery in Portbou where he was buried.
al-Sisi visiting Berlin
Quite unprecedented scenes took place in Berlin yesterday. What a relief to live in a society where free press regulations are quite good. Nothing to compare to the ‘patriotic’ claqueur journalists and jubilant followers of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Some of my photos can bee seen in this interesting blog by Dr. Tanja R. Müller.
Made Here Now
Bentley car production in Crewe/GB
The photos of Bentley, commissioned by the project Made Here Now, can be seen on this just released fascinating webpage, which explores the new world of manufacturing in Britain.
The Bentley production line turns out some of the world's most sought-after cars but still depends on craft skills honed over generations. At 400 hours per car, it takes 17 times longer to build a Bentley than a VW Golf.
Life Force Magazine
Life Force Magazine published the story Iraq's Ghost Embassy in their April issue.
The online magazine is a free, monthly, photo-led magazine which celebrates the art-form of the photo-essay. The selected photo-essays of Life Force magazine are about great photography and pushing the boundaries of the medium to explore conciousness and human perception, by harnessing the unique power that photography holds to capture a moment for analysis.
For the webpage of VG Bild-Kunst I was photographed by Hermann Bredehorst during a demonstration on 8th March. To be on the other side of the camera seems not to be easy at first, but at the end it was great fun with Hermann. And he takes good photos that’s for sure! More photos here.
VG Bild-Kunst is as an association representing the copyrights of creators of visual art in Germany. The association also takes on social and cultural responsibilities for its members.
My new webpage is now online www.iponphoto.com
Many thanks to everybody at warenform.de.
Happy to announce that I have been awarded the first prize at Germany’s annual Rückblende 2014 awards for political photography for my image of Angela Merkel at the Chancellor’s office in Berlin.
In the newspaper die tageszeitung, it has been called a manifesto of power. The piece in die tageszeitung continues to describe Angela Merkel as standing in the midst of uncertainty, occupying a central position: with a clear head, knowledgeable, and keeping her distance. Those attributes, the text continues, are not only characteristics of Angela Merkel, but should be at the core of political photography in order to provide act as a compass in a precise and clear manner.