NERA DI VERZASCA AWARD 2016
A portrait of the Quarter of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany.
It was the liberal spirit of this workingman´s Quarter, that has always attracted many colorful figures from the fringes of society. Sailors, drinkers, prostitutes, drifters. Here they could be themselves without being labeled, judged or looked down upon. Life could be rough around here, too, but the intrinsic character of the area was always based on a spirit of tolerance and respect among those living here.
In recent years the restructuring and commercial exploitation of the neighborhood have been advanced rigorously, and the territory and the leeway to allow for otherness, uniqueness, individuality and nonconformism are getting scarcer.
The photographic series "St. Pauli" (2010-2016) focuses on the muted world of an outdated, transient and disintegrating St. Pauli. It depicts the world of the long-time residents, their everyday life, their small struggles and simple pleasures. Characters who seem to be stuck in-between different eras; with traces of their wilder days on one side of their life and the apprehension of an uncertain future on the other. For how much longer will they be able to call St. Pauli home?