About the project
2020 – and all of a sudden everything is different
What is The New Normal? 20 photographers, ten from the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York and ten from Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie (OKS), Berlin show us how they perceive life under the new circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Here and in our publication you’ll find 20 individual positions, together they are a precious document of our time. A record of the peculiar, mundane, intimate moments of daily life during this global pandemic. 2020 will stay in our mind. The book and this website will help us to recollect, to trigger how we felt and “How We Were” as one of the photographers, Billy Hickey, puts it.
2020 Edited is the tenth series of the former book series New York Edited, a cooperation of the prestigious schools OKS and ICP. As the US students had to go back to their home countries, back to their families, back to their apartments, this year’s book is not only about New York, but also all the other places in which these 20 photographers found themselves sheltering, during the pandemic. Who would have thought that the tenth edition of this book project would be special in so many ways!
We might put our head in a tree, like Daniel Seiffert’s daughter, but we won’t bury our head in the sand. We will move on and hopefully, the creativity forged during this time will be our silver lining.
Congratulations to all photographers who did amazing work during these challenging times and to the photo editors who worked with tireless commitment and outstanding dedication to create something profound and remarkable.
I am proud of all of you!
Head of the photo editors program
Product Shots by Carolin Klemm
Anja Dinges was born in Munich, Germany in 1972. Having trained as a photo lab technician and photographer, Dinges gained professional experience at Pixel Grain, working in their digital department, before working as a fine art printer at Artificial Image for four years. In 2005, Dinges started her own business as a digital image processor and graphic artist. In 2006, she began to cooperate with freybeuter, a graphic studio specialized in communication and exhibition. Since 2008, Dinges has been collaborating with hotel photographer Mattias Hamel, with whom she travels and works worldwide. Dinges lives and works in Potsdam, Germany.
Amélie Mittelmann was born in Wiesbaden and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mittelmann previously studied fine arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to Berlin, where she studied visual communications at HTK / UE and photography at Neue Schule für Fotografie. After working as a production assistant for the advertising film production company RadicalMedia for several years, Mittelmann started working as a freelance art director and photo editor for international media companies in 2009.
Carolin Klemm, born in 1988, is a freelance photo editor, graphic designer, and photographer based in Weimar, Germany. Klemm studied visual communications at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, focusing on photography and a concept-heavy approach to graphic design and advertising. A curiosity for diverse photographic positions and a passion for strong communication led Klemm to the photo editing class at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. Klemm is a member of Hüftstern, a Weimar-based design collective.
Franziska Kempgen was born in East Westphalia, Germany. A photographer and photo editor based in Berlin and Hamburg, Kempgen studied political science at the University of Hamburg and currently works for the publishing house and bookstore Walther König in Berlin. While her interest in photography developed in her youth, today Kempgen is particularly impressed by the narrative power of photography, as well as the aesthetic aspects of pictures and design of photo books.
Gillian Henn, born in 1979, is a photo editor based in Berlin, Germany. For the last 15 years, Henn has worked in editorial fashion photography as a producer, casting agent, and photo editor. From 2006 to 2010 Henn worked for Vogue Germany, before moving to a position in the fashion team of ZEITmagazin for the following eight years. Since 2018, Henn has been working mainly as a photo editor, for publications such as the art magazine die dame and the auction house Grisebach. Studying at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie has deepened her interest in press photography and the political and social power of images. Today, she works as an online photo editor for DER SPIEGEL.
Kerstin Raasch was born in 1979 in Magdeburg, Germany. Raasch graduated from Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal with a Diploma in Social Pedagogy and worked for several years as a social worker. She is currently studying photo editing at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin and is based in Magdeburg. In photography, Raasch’s focus lies on portraiture and reportage combined with contemporary art influences.
Inka Recke is a freelance photographer, producer, and photo editor based in Berlin, Germany. After studying photo design in Munich, she managed the Delight Studios in Berlin for eight years before moving to a position at Bureau Mario Lombardo. Recke aims to dedicate herself to new projects with emerging photographers. In her research and editorial work, she focuses on subjects such as gender and identity, fused with contemporary art influences. Recke is currently a member of FOTOTREFF Berlin, a non-profit initiative committed to the mediation and promotion of contemporary photography.
Julia Brigasky, born in 1980, is a photo editor and audio description specialist based in Berlin, Germany. Brigasky studied in Berlin as well as Montreal, Canada, and holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Literature. In photography, her focus lies on exploring works reflecting on societal changes, cultural legacies, and (sub)urban developments. Brigasky is especially interested in working with emerging photographers, curating, and the visual aesthetics of photo books.
Julius Stiebert, born in 1983, is a journalist currently based in Berlin, Germany. After completing his journalistic training Stiebert worked as an editor, before living for several years abroad. During this time, Stiebert worked as a freelance writer and hospitality expert. Stiebert currently works for the German e-mail provider Posteo, covering digital rights. In February 2021, Stiebert graduated from the photo editor class at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie.
Olaf Janson was born in Berlin, Germany in 1990. From 2014 to 2017, Janson studied photography at Lette-Verein in Berlin and is currently studying photo editing at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. Besides his freelance work as a photographer and photo assistant, Janson works as an account manager in a rental company for photographic equipment.
Pia Telebuh was born in Berlin, Germany in 1996. In 2019, Telebuh graduated from Humboldt-University Berlin with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Slavic Studies. After studying abroad at University Zagreb in 2017, Telebuh returned to Croatia two years later for an internship at the Croatian daily newspaper 24 sata (24 hours), where she gained experience working as a photo editor. After completing the photo editing class at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Telebuh plans to study for a Master’s degree. Besides her interest in the political and aesthetic dimensions of pictures, Telebuh focuses on architectural and interior design photography.
Signe Heldt was born in 1989 in northern Germany. Heldt completed her Bachelor‘s degree in Photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany. Today, she works as an online picture editor for DER SPIEGEL, Germany‘s leading news magazine, as well as a freelance photographer in her chosen home of Hamburg. Heldt is primarily interested in social documentary photography, as well as young photographers working in the field of portrait and art-based photography.
Head of the photo editors program at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.