Facing East in Germany

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

- Marcus Garvey

This set shows the people I interviewed on the Island of Usedom in 2007. Facing East, its residents are constantly reminded of their former communist past, many even hold dear a time of community and togetherness, unaffected by the trappings of capitalism.

20 years after the fall of the Wall there remains a story to be told. Photographing the community, I documented with portraits the area's key residents and with the support of my journalist husband we began to record the unfolding drama of ownership, identity and belonging.

The work was published to mark the anniversary of German reunification:

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