Charlotte Schmitz

Photographer
  
yo soy lo que soy
Location: Istanbul
Nationality: German
Biography: Charlotte Schmitz' approach to her photography is deliberately personal and often subverts the traditional documentary approach, which allows her to convey her messages about women and migration. She grew up in the Danish Minority in Germany... read on
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yo soy lo que soy
Credits: charlotte schmitz
Updated: 01/07/14
Location: Ecuador
- I am who I am - (2013)

Southern Ecuador is home to about 100 of the world’s 300 people suffering from Laron syndrome, a genetic defect that prevents the normal functioning of growth hormone. Few of these people grow taller than 130 centimeters. According to scientists the mutation was carried to Ecuador about 500 years ago by Sephardic Jews, fleeing the Spanish Inquisition and finding new home in the Ecuadorian mountains. Inbreeding has guaranteed the syndrome’s continued existence. Quito’s Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre started researching and discovered that these people might hold the key for longevity; the syndrome does not only block the growth hormone, but also makes them immun against cancer and diabetes. He started researching extensively on the people and promised to treat his patients with a new medicine. Therefore, in the 1960s dozens of people volunteered as test subjects for a long-term hormone therapy, in the hope that they would grow. An expensive medicine was developed, which is worldwide available, but it never made it to the Ecuadorian countryside. The affected families cannot afford the medicine themselves; treatment costs about 10,000 US dollars a month.
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la Puente

By Charlotte Schmitz — 2016-2018 Between 2016 and 2018, I photographed in La Puente, the biggest brothel in southern Ecuador, where more than 150 women work. The photos..
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take me to jermany

By Charlotte Schmitz — 2016 This project chronicles the dangerous journey of refugees towards Europe. It turns its characters into co-authors and reveals the vulnerable..
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najet

By Charlotte Schmitz — 2017 Berlin - Tunis  Najet Adouani, Tunisian poet and journalist, sent me to places in Tunisia, where she lived and used to write her poems...
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garden of lost dreams

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çok güzelim, çok güzel

By Charlotte Schmitz — - I am so beautiful, so beautiful - 2013 - ongoing This project focuses on the private space of women in a traditional neighborhood in Istanbul,..
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untitled

By Charlotte Schmitz — 2014 I photographed places where people had sex. - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover Prof. Dr. Karen Fromm  Das Unsichtbare..
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living in light, air and sun

By Charlotte Schmitz — (2014) In the late 1950s the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius planned a satellite town in the suburbs of Berlin, under the slogan »Living in..
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