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Andrea Diefenbach August 29, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ukraine.
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Andrea Diefenbach (b.1974, Germany) studied photography at the University of Applied Science in Bielefeld. She graduated in 2006.  Her project about AIDS in Odessa was published as book by HATJE CATZ in June 2008 (US: August 2008). Most of her work centers on ‘concerned photography’ and social issues in Germany or Eastern Europe and has been published in STERN, GEO, DIE ZEIT, Brigitte, NEON among many others. Her work in Odessa was also awarded at the Lumix festival in Hannover, Germany in June 2008.

About the Photograph:

“I took this picture after Natascha had visited her two children in an orphanage. She was looking forward to seeing them for a long time and than was only allowed to see them for a few minutes. It was obvious that she wasn’t going to get her children back. Natascha is one of the persons I accompanied for my project about the AIDS-epidemic in Odessa, Ukraine, in spring 2006. The Ukraine holds the sad European record for new cases of infection, and is among those nations in which AIDS is currently spreading most quickly. Odessa, the port city through which the HIV virus is presumed to have been introduced to the countries of the Soviet Union, is now one of the most heavily impacted cities. Estimates by the World Health Organization indicate that as many as 160,000 individuals are infected with HIV live in the city of one million.”

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