Charlotte has developed very consistent and original work about the issues that affect her as a young contemporary woman. She is building a very interesting narrative using compelling images to...
For the past seven months, I went to the Tiergarten, a central park in Berlin, with my colleague Johanna-Maria Fritz, where many refugees take drugs and engage in prostitution. At first, we went there to develop a relationship with the men, so we could photograph them. But we quickly noticed that there were not enough social workers assisting them.
I believe in the importance of using my role as a professional photographer to influence positive change.
We started by organizing a coalition of social service providers that can meet regularly and discuss ways to coordinate efforts to assist these people. We used social media to mobilize Berlin residents to assist them, helping them in the next months to apply for jobs, process other paperwork, and other activities they otherwise can not do.
An interview about the situation in the park and our work was published on Saturday in »taz.am wochenende«
Johanna-Maria Fritz and I photographed young men working in prostitution in the central park »Tiergarten« in Berlin. Since 2015 most of them are young refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. The german magazine DUMMY just published some of our pictures, including an interview with me about the general situation in the park and which role as photographers we have and see in trying to change the current situation of the men. Most of them have become heroin addicted here in Germany, many are without housing and are living in the park, some are even facing deportation.
To see some more pictures, please follow this link: http://charlotteschmitz.com/garden-of-lost-dreams
Cloé Kerhoas selected me and my work from Istanbul for the special Middle East section of the VISA paper this year. I am very happy to be among such great women – to have a look at and read the paper, please follow this link:
I was invited last week by the new f3 gallery, run by the The Society for Humanistic Photography in Berlin, to talk with lfi photo editor Carol Körting about my photography projects and working conditions as a young photographer.
It was a very nice event, talking among the pictures of the current NOOR exhibition.
I was invited by Nazareth College in Rochester and the University of Indiana for showing my work "Take me to Jermany" and to talk about the current situation of refugees in Turkey and Europe.
In Bloomington my work was part of the Art & Refugee symposium with a day full of great panel discussions. Special thanks to Deborah Haber who discovered my pictures more than a year ago on CNN online and who made all this possible.
A documentary by Yasemin Ergin and Katharina Willinger was shown yesterday in the German national TV, ndr. It is about the situation of young people in Turkey - my exhibition opening in Balat, Istanbul, last September and my friends from the neighbourhood are a part of the documentary as well.
If interested, please have a look: http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/7_tage/7-Tage-Istanbul,sendung626284.html
And an article on SPIEGEL online: http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/tv/tuerkei-reportage-im-ndr-jeder-lebt-in-seiner-welt-a-1139885.html
An article about women, their love to Erdoğan and Turkey with a few pictures from my work "How much do you love Erdoğan?", which I photographed right after the failed military coup in July 2016 on Taksim-Square, Istanbul.
WOMEN LOOKING AT WOMEN - The current issue of Raw View Magazine was curated by Susan Meiselas and I am happy to share some pages together with very inspiring women photographers such as Alice Austen, the people from Casa Susanna, Abigail Heyman, Clarissa Sligh, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jen Davis, Olivia Arthur, Joana Choumali, Lua Ribeira and a text by Kerry Manders.
»This current issue features 22 photographers from around the world, ranging from late ninetenth century to the present day. The subjects are varied and always intimate and bold. The stories often confront difficult themes but do so with a fearlessness and integrity.« - Hannamari Shakya.
The story of two young people in Turkey, who once where good friends. A leftist young student and a conservative AKP supporter. Their broken relation, is as well the story of their country. The writer Christopher Piltz and I accompanied them before and after the attempted military coup.
An article about a father, who traveled with his little son to Germany and who is waiting for the rest of the family to come - his wife and three more wonderful sons, who are having a difficult life in Istanbul (13-15 hours of working every day). Due to the change of laws in Germany, more and more families will remain divided. Even if a family reunion is possible, an appointment at the German embassy in Turkey will take around one year. Written by Maximilian Popp
I started taking instant pictures of arriving people on Lesvos, I met many people sharing their thoughts with me on the Greek/Macedonian border, which is closed for them, I spent some days at chaotic LAGESO in Berlin, I went to a camp close to the Syrian border, visited Izmir, where people are waiting to take the boats, and met some of the people again back in Germany.
I live in Istanbul and Berlin and can easily move between these two cities, within just 2h50 hours in plane. Many friends needed weeks for the travels, some months...and now it seems impossible for all people to arrive to Germany or other destinations. Around 13.000 people are right now stuck under horrible conditions in Eidomeni. Europe is just watching and making deals with Turkey, hoping not many more people will cross the borders.
I have been to the Turkish/Syrian border last week, together with Maximilian Popp. Tenthousands of people, fleeing from the bombardments on Aleppo and surrounding, are waiting in front of the Turkish border. Only injured people are allowed to enter Turkey and are being treated there. Text in German, Video in German/Arabic.
I updated my homepage with a new project (http://charlotteschmitz.com/scenes), which also got published in the current der uniSPIEGEL - a magazine of der SPIEGEL for young people at University. I took pictures with a polaroid camera of places at my University, where people had sex.
I started taking pictures of arriving people on Lesvos some weeks ago, I met many people sharing their thoughts with me on the Greek/Macedonian border, I spent some days at chaotic LAGESO in Berlin, I will soon go to places in Turkey, on the Balkans and in Germany. I wanted people to share their own thoughts and stories, instead of me doing it for them.
Some of my pictures from Eidomeni were published in the last der SPIEGEL (24.12).
.In the last SPIEGEL, a text from Maximilian Popp about the current situation in Turkey and the bombing in Ankara, and pictures by me. The tablet version contained more photos and some comments from me.
I photographed Feridun Zaimoglu, german/turkish writer and artist, some weeks ago in Istanbul. Wonderful text from Volker Weidermann about Feridun's new book (Siebentürmeviertel) and my pictures can be seen in the current edition of »der SPIEGEL«.The tablet-Version includes a Video.
20.04 – 27.04.2015 // SUPA Suriye Pasajı Salon // Opening Hours: 10h-17h // İstiklal Caddesi No. 166 // Exhibition Opening: 20.04.2015 – 19h00
Mads Nissen, Pierre Liebaert, Christian Werner, Anna-Kristina Bauer, Andy Spyra, Rebecka Uhlin, Kerim Can Ertuğ, Esa Ylijaasko, Lilli Breininger
across. rise above. go beyond. rising motion of water.
The exhibition »TRAN.S.CEND« shows different facets of IDENTITY. Interpersonal relations. Intimate moments. Memories. Collective identities. Crossing the world to adulthood. Sexual identity. Repression. Search for identity.
What is it like to live with forbidden love in Russia? Legal and social discrimination, persecution, harassment and violent 'hate crime' attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI).
Mads Nissen's intimate picture of Jon and Alex, a gay couple in St. Petersburg, was recently honoured with the World Press Photo of the year 2014.
This exhibition goes along with the »International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival«, which main topic is IDENTITY and that will take place from the 24th to 26th of April 2015 in Istanbul.
I curated this exhibition...If any of you is around Istanbul next Monday (20.04), step by, would be happy to see you at the exhibition opening!