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Dorothee Deiss March 15, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Poland.
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Home visit from the series “The Doctor”. Poland, 2006

Dorothee Deiss (b. 1961, Germany) studied medicine and photography and works as photographer and pediatrician in Berlin. She focuses on editorial stories,  photography is her way to communicate, to approach these strangers and their stories. Her work has been published in numerous German and European magazines including the Financial Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, Die Zeit, Spiegel, Stern and has been exhibited in Seattle, Vermont, Paris, Warsaw, Lithuania and Berlin.

About the Photograph:

“The  region of the German-Polish border was politically divided in the wake of the Second World War, but its cultural memory has proven sturdier than any division. Who ever lives in the borderland is at home on both sides of the border. But what are things really like in this region? Where do the new borders run, the borders between hope and resignation? A contradictory picture of the borderland between Germany and Poland thus emerges at the time of the EU enlargement. To learn more about our neighbors on the other side of the border I traveled endless times with my old VW camper  through Poland. By accident I met an general practitioner who lived in the small city Krosno Odrzanskie.  I took this picture during the home visit by the doctor.  The old woman represents the uncertainty and fear, the hope and confidence after the recent reunification.”

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