1979 – 1982
Paris is, and always has been, a destination many dream of. Sibylle Bergemann, a cofounder of OSTKREUZ who died in 2010, traveled to the city on the Seine many times: twice before the Iron Curtain fell, in the years 1979 and 1982, and then many times after ward. She and her fellow photographer friends founded the OSTKREUZ agency in Paris in 1990. The photographer left her hometown of Berlin only to find the familiar abroad. Her pictures of Paris are tinged with tart melancholy. The dog in the cemetery, the lady and her wine glass, the girls in the parks —Bergemann’s Paris is neither magnificent nor loud. It belongs to the people who inhabit the city. She pays close attention to it.
A vision of beautiful sorrow: that is how Bergemann herself described her photo graphic view of the exterior world, which also always alluded to the interior. In preparation for these trips, Bergemann learned to speak French; she wanted to be involved and to understand. Her photographs of Paris, time less in their yearning for bound lessness and affection, give lively evidence of events experienced by a European woman who was a citizen of the world.