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Verena Brandt March 26, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Germany.
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Civil War Weekend. Brandenburg, Germany 2009

Verena Brandt (b. 1978, Germany) studied communication design with a focus on photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. She is currently working as a freelance documentary and portrait photographer for magazines, commercial clients and on personal long term projects. Since 2007 she has been a member of the German agency Visum Photo. Her work has been shown at the Lumix Festival for International Photojournalism 2008 and was awarded with prizes and scholarships. In 2007 she received a VG Bildkunst scholarship for “Villa Germania”, a series about German retirees in Thailand, and a Gruner+Jahr Photo Award in 2008.

About the Photograph:

“This photo shows two German re en-actors in Yankee uniforms while fencing on a meadow, dunghills in the background. On a yearly meeting called ‘Civil War Weekend’, the so-called living history fans from all over Germany come together to imitate ‘famous’ battlefield situations in a Western town one hour from Berlin. The rules are very strict, traditional outfits and camp life without modern comforts are obligatory. The picture is part of an ongoing project about the rural area surrounding Berlin. In contrast to the international atmosphere of the German capital, the province ‘Brandenburg’ mainly consists of vast empty landscapes and depopulated villages, which is rather uncommon compared to other European capital regions, where the urban fringe is often widely spoiled.”

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