The Berlin-based f/16 Schule für Fotografie and POSI+TIVE MAGAZINE are proud to announce the winners of the “Tatort” themed photography competition.
The competition called for submissions by young photographers, from Germany and abroad, that dealt specifically with physical places, spaces and events related to a crime scene. The theme was intended to be broad, giving photographers the freedom to interpret it both literally and figuratively. As seen in the works, it afforded ample opportunity to demonstrate the power of photography in describing and recording events and their consequences in a particular space or time.
The prizewinners are (in alphabetical order): Gabriele Di Stefano, Norman Behrendt and Petra Zivnicek. Due to formal reasons Jochen Arentzen was not selected as a prizewinner, but his work deserves particular mentioning.
About the winners:
Gabriele Di Stefano’s photograph is titled, “Where the trees grow”. According to Di Stefano, the photograph shows “places in which the presence of nature is dominating the scene.” Di Stefano exhibits his works throughout London, particularly in locations where nature reclaims its space.
Under the title “lost traces”, Norman Behrendt shows a parallel existing world that he found as a tracker, while searching for traces of vague processes. Behrendt describes his works by saying, “”lost traces” shows disorder, chaos and nuisance…an oppressed perverted world becomes visible.”
Petra Zivnicek’s photograph shows a butcher shop in Lima, Peru. It is titled “Der Metzger” (The Butcher). Zivnicek describes her work by saying, “this picture not only symbolizes a real “Tatort”, it is a real one, which the butcher has left behind.”
Jochen Arentzen’s work is currently untitled. It is part of a larger project, in which the artist photographs interiors of cars. Arentzen notes he is particularly fascinated by the talismans hanging in the rearview mirror, as it exhibits the place of superstition in the everyday.