Particular specialists are required to carry out such a unique project. We were able to enlist such specialists for this project in order to frame a historical concept within an innovative change of perspective in the culture of commemoration by using high-quality photographs.
Idea, overall concept and academic coordination: Julien Reitzenstein | www.julienreitzenstein.de
Photographer WE! ARE! HERE! Portraits United Kingdom
Photographer and teacher
Mike gained his degree in fine art photography in Edinburgh in 1987, then trained under Dudley Reed and Lord Snowdon in London, refining his technical approach to lighting, composition and printing.
In 1990 Mike established his own practice in London creating portraits of musicians and celebrities for magazine and advertising clients.
Recent years have seen Mike’s commissions shifting towards reportage work for social enterprises.
He now shares his time between his studios in London and Scotland, teaching photography with visual storytelling and creating exhibition projects documenting distinct communities through still portraiture supported by long form interviews.
Photographer WE! ARE! HERE! Overall Portraits
Photogtapher and Observer
Born in Moscow, Mischa moved to Germany as a child and lives and works in Berlin. He has been working as a photographer for over 20 years.
On the one hand, his works deal with our everyday surroundings, the search for unexpected beauty that is easily overlooked.
For many years, parallel to his artistic work, he was responsible for selecting the guests of the world-famous club Berghain. This required a special eye for people and their personalities – a gift that his portrait photography carries. With this, he is able to present the personality of the portrayed more visibly.
In the project WE! ARE! HERE! project, he produces the accompanying portraits and the making-off of the international portraits, also for press and public relations.
Photographer WE! ARE! HERE! Portraits Germany
Actress, artist, photographer and artistic director of the IMAGO Camera
Susanna Kraus was born and raised in Munich. Her first encounters with photography came from her mother, fashion photographer Karin Kraus. In her youth, she took the opportunity to learn everything she could about analogue photography and to assist her mother in the darkroom and on the set.
Trained as an actress at the Otto Falkenberg Acting School in Munich in the early 1980s, Susanna Kraus acted for 25 years at various theatres in German-speaking countries and in television and film.
In 2005, her focus shifted back to the art of photography. She led the reconstruction of the world’s only analogue IMAGO Camera, a large-format walk-in camera invented by her father, scientist Werner Kraus, in the early 1970s that allows life-size analogue black-and-white full-body portraits to be taken inside it.