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Fara Phoebe Zetzsche October 10, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Germany.

From the project Hoard and Clutter. Germany 2009

Fara Phoebe Zetzsche (b. 1984, Germany) studied photojournalism at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, Germany. Since 2006, she has been working as a freelance photographer for different newspapers and theater productions in German prisons and served an internship in the picture editing office of the Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In 2011 she studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Her work has been exhibited in the Galerie im Turm in Jena, Photokina in Cologne, the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism and the Promenades Photographiques de Vendôme in France. Fara’s long term project Hoard and Clutter received honorable mentions at the UNICEF Photo of the Year, the New York Photo Awards and the International Photography Awards. In 2011, she won the Mark Grosset Prize. Fara is based in Germany and Denmark.

About the Photograph:

“This picture is from Hoard and Clutter, a story about the daily life of a family who suffers from compulsive hoarding syndrome. ‘We will never live a normal life’, say the parents of the 14-member extended family. Due to the littering of the rooms the parents have been deprived of custody in 2009 and 2010. Four of twelve children remained temporarily in an orphanage. The relevant youth department is overcharged with the subject. The urgent understanding is lacking. Nevertheless, the family struggled within their means, cleaned up, to get the children back. Today, only one child is living in an orphanage. The circumstances under which the children grow up have an impact on them. Within the past year my story became more and more about them. I am interested in how they develop and diverge. The children are outsiders and often beaten up or bullied by other children simply because of their parents. The reputation of the family is very negative and the kids have to fight with the prejudices of others every day.”