Žižkov | 1994-1996

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In 1994 I moved to Prague to study photography at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). By accident I found a flat in Prague 3 - Žižkov, the quarter where I still do live after 25 years.

The project was a documentary about the changes in the quarter and I photographed those images in-between 1994 and 1996. As I just moved from Germany to Czech Republic I was not able to communicate in Czech and not so many people were speaking a foreign language I could use.

I always had a paper written in Czech with me which I used for the communication. "Hello, my name is Björn and I am a student from FAMU. Please can I photograph you ?". Very often the reaction was that people were just running away.

Some did not and so the whole project started.

Later I made small prints for the people which had allowed me to photograph them and while giving those photographs to them I asked if they would allow me to photograph them at home.
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