I was just wondering what did it feel like you were capturing your photographs?
I’ve always been taking pictures and during this eventful time it was of course something like the visual evidence of my partying. At the time, I did not think that I was something of a chronicler. I just took pictures of what was around me, what interested me, what I found entertaining. It’s nice that today it shows people a time that they may not have experienced.
i think of these places as mini social utopias, where it doesn’t matter who you are – you are accepted in the dance – how do you feel about this?
that’s exactly how it was, no one paid attention to where you came from, what you did and what you were wearing. The music was the common denominator. Hooligans were celebrating with gays, something unthinkable today. We were actually techno hippies 😉
do you think its possible to compare places, or are the moments you captured only resemblance of that specific time and place?
I believe that the pictures I took back then are unique. Today, people are still partying like crazy, but photographing has taken on such proportions that it is somewhat inflationary. In addition, almost everywhere photographing in clubs (Underground) is prohibited. People do not want to appear in the social networks with derailed facial expressions the next day.
Do you think that the term subculture fits in regards to your photography?
I think today you could call it subculture, but in the early 90’s it was really a big movement, a youth movement and almost everybody joined in, the one who was not in the scene, did not understand it either. For “normal” people we were lost and listening to sick music.
aesthetically your photographs are beautiful – so clear – whats your favourite image?
there are several but a very special image is the girl with the missing teeth, she was from the British band GTO. She was a dancer and broke her teeth when they were performing. This picture’s very special to me because it’s a symbol – everything was possible. Nobody cared about anything – their outfit, their pain, nothing.”
from this period do you think you captured a subculture in action?
no, by all means, it was just my world at that time, my friends, partying mates and sometimes a well-known dj. The subculture was always for others, for us it was normal. Like being a soccer fan …
what were your photographic influences? what captured your attention?
I actually did not have any photographic role models, whereby I always found the pictures from the Warhol period, ie studio 54, etc. were extremely interesting. I tried to take the pictures the same way the situation was. There was a time in before the picture, then the picture and afterwards we celebrated together again. I knew most of the people in my pictures and they knew me. Nobody has ever complained about a picture being taken at that time.
when taking photographs and anything else you feel about these collection of images – i notice you have called the archive zeitmaschine – this spirit of the time is iconic – why did you choose this title?
Zeitmaschine means Time Machine and I had the feeling that you can beam into another time while viewing the pictures. Sometimes I remember certain pieces of music or smells when looking at the pictures. The pictures then act as a source of inspiration. Besides, time machine is a nice German word 😉
What was it like working for frontpage magazine?
It was more than just a job. it was like a working in a shared house. We were somehow all friends and the working hours were also not quite normal. Mondays were almost always off and while you celebrated on the weekend you also had to be careful to take some good pictures. But the best part was to getting money for partying.
How did it impact your photographic decisions?
I was photographing analogously and Frontpage paid for the films and the development, so of course I could take more pictures than I could afford privately. In addition, the PRESS title is also good to access to some events.
Do you think the magazine authentically represented the culture it was talking about?
Yes of course, since we designed the magazine and we were the ones who were celebrating. We were not just ordinary spectators but we were always in the thick of it. During the last year the magazine became a bit mainstream and commercial, but that was also due to the development of techno in Germany.