Heinrich Völkel, born in Moscow in 1974 (mother Russian, father German) and raised in Leipzig, briefly studied architecture at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences before focusing on his photographic studies at the Lette-Verein in Berlin. Since 2005 he is a member of Ostkreuz-Agentur der Fotografen. In addition to his work for Die Zeit, Stern and Der Spiegel, his photographic interest lies particularly in the phenomenon of the “city” and the changes it undergoes.

John Davies “The British Landscape
There is simply no other way to put it, a fantastic book of photographs. John Davies has followed the changes in the British Midlands with his camera for many years, documenting with wonderful black and white photographs how architecture, place, people and landscape merge. it is an unbelievable pleasure to search through the pictures, they are full of details, but as a whole they are wonderful. Unfortunately, the book has been “out of print” for a long time. Still, it’s worth hunting down and securing a good one. The reward is waiting between the covers of the book.

Olaf Unverzart “Sans moi”

Olaf is not only a very good friend for many years, but also a photographer whose work I more than appreciate. Not only does he take great pictures, but he always makes books that justifiably win awards all the time. I have to admit that I have a personal connection with many of the images in this book, but I’m sure it works for everyone else holding it as well. They are diary pictures of a different kind and leave the viewer plenty of room for his or her own interpretation and reading.

Andrea Diefenbach “Spid – Aids in Odessa”

Andrea Diefenbach has created a book with her diploma thesis that proves that social topics can also become great photo books. The AIDS epidemic in Odessa is the background to get to the bottom of individual fates. What Diefenbach manages to do here is to establish a closeness to the protagonists that draws us in and makes the people depicted into human beings, not into decals of their fate. Texts and pictures sometimes don’t make it easy, but it’s worth entering this world.