Photographer Dirk Alvermann has always been curious about people and their occasionally strange habits. For decades he observed them with his camera and only relied on his perception. In this subjective but unprejudiced way, any place in his photographs became a setting of social interaction at which he only had to point the camera. Nothing is staged in his images, the world is by itself as it appears. For this volume, Alvermann has once again scoured his extensive photo archive and compiled another four of his filmlike image series. He is not so much concerned about the individual shots as their sequence and their relation to each other, the filmic montage of the material. The result is a visual essay encompassing Alvermanns entire photographic work: From the Polish sympathetic strikes in favour of the upheavals in Hungary in 1956, the Dusseldorf Carnival and Spanish Good Friday processions to the photographers private surroundings. Dirk Alvermann was born in Dusseldorf in 1937. Early in his career he became an influential political photographer publishing numerous books including AlgerienLAlgérie (1960) and Keine Experimente Bilder zum Grundgesetz (1961). Throughout the 1960s he worked as a photographer for magazines including Neue Berliner Illustrierte, Quick, and Das Magazin. In 1966 he emigrated to East-Berlin where he continued to live and work. Since the publication of his seminal book Ich Liebe Dich in 1979 he has focused on his work as a filmmaker and author. He has lived in Mecklenburg, Germany, since 1982.
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