mara klein

Location: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: Born and based in Berlin, I specialise in travel and reportage photography with an emphasis on long-term projects that allow me to build relationships with people. I am fascinated by language in all its forms - words, images, the stories we choose... read on
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Credits: mara klein
Date of Work: 07/01/17 - 08/30/17
Updated: 10/06/19
"It was definitely not for the better wages or fancier taps in the bathroom. I really didn't want a system watching over my life and telling me what I can and cannot do."

In 1975, my father took a plane from East Berlin to Budapest, from there he boarded a train to Romania. On 15th July, under the black covers of a new moon, he swam over the Danube, in his swimming trunks 50 West Mark and passport.

43 years later, we revisited what he refers to as his point of no return - "where the disadvantages of staying outweigh the risks of fleeing."

Shot in 2017 on location in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania.

By mara klein —

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