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Dagmar Schwelle April 12, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Japan, Multimedia.
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Planet Tokyo: An Encounter, 2007

Dagmar Schwelle was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied law in order to become a diplomat. When she found out that there were less pompous ways to get to know the world she became a journalist instead. After nine years writing for leading Austrian newspapers and magazines she decided that it was time for a career change, went to Vancouver and studied photography. Since 2004 she is based in Germany and works as a photographer. Last year her first book was published, “Them Over There” – a documentary project on divided border towns in Eastern Europe.

About the Photograph:

This photo is part of a multimedia piece on metropolitan lifestyle in Tokyo. It was shot on a weekend when numerous rock bands perform in Yoyogi koen. Their efforts to be cool and/or wild are overly perfect – so it seems to me that the most authentic element of that spectacle is the shyness of the very girlish female admirers.

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