Über das Buch
Germany’s large Turkish population has helped shaped, influence and inspire German society for some 50 years now. Intercultural dialogue has had both a polarising and stimulating affect, with the country’s Turkish citizens providing an insight into a world that is both familiar and yet strange to most Germans and is, perhaps for that reason, particularly fascinating.
But who exactly are Germany’s Turkish neighbours? Anja Schweitzer’s photography helps to provide some insights.
A megacity of some 13 million inhabitants, Istanbul not only links two continents geographically but also two worlds culturally. The city is modern and open-minded yet also traditional and mysterious.
Anja Schweitzer photography shows the people who live and work in this city of opposites. People caught between the Occident and the Orient; people who live in this bustling metropolis on the fringes of the city, on the fringes of society and on the fringes of Europe.
Born in 1968 Anja Schweitzer grew up in Cologne, Germany. As a child she was passionate about taking photos and remains driven by a desire to encapsulate the unique atmosphere and indescribable energy of the moment. She has always had a particular liking for travel photography. Travelling through exotic far-flung lands, photographing breathtaking land and cityscapes along with their fascinating inhabitants — people she is only too happy to get close to while also maintaining a respectful distance. For Anja people are and remain much more than mere motives. Like a key, a camera opens the door to their worlds, initiating stimulating dialogues that provide deeper insights into other cultures ... The resulting images invite the viewer to look carefully, to sense, to experience and become absorbed by the radiance of each photo. Anja Schweitzer lives and works in Berlin.