Adaption for the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, 8.7.–10.9.2023
Original campaign and exhibition design for Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne

What image do young photographers create of the world?

A total of 14 photo books by students from Hanover and Dortmund show their personal perspectives on our present times. Thematic diversity is reflected in the different approaches to the medium of the book – sometimes the photographs are woven into a narrative in the form of diaries alternating with writing, sometimes the sequence of individual images speaks for itself. Many of the books on display are unique pieces with different formats and shapes, often with attached notes, historical visual material or haptic elements integrated into the narrative. The books provide very personal insights into other cultural areas as well as everyday life – the examination of origin and belonging often plays a central role.

The presentation has been shown in a more extensive form under the title FIRST PAGES within the exhibition series COUNTER IMAGES GEGENBILDER (10 Feb–11 Jun 2023) at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne. It was created in collaboration with the universities of Hanover and Dortmund and showed works created between 2018 and 2022 as part of the national and international photo book classes led by Thekla Ehling, Frederic Lezmi and Paul Spehr.

Hannah Almstrup, Arafat Bin Siraji, Kira Tanita, Grenz, Nicole Heinsohn, Josh Kern, Katrin Kutter, Moritz Lehmann, Jana Mai, Mehdi Moradpour, Asli Özçelik, Chantal Seitz, Anastasia Shvachko, Benjamin Thieme and Daniel Vogl

Photos: Melina Rudolf, Lina Maiken Preuß and Finn Schütt