When writing our recent introduction on Ostkreuz, we realised that it would never be possible to summarise Berlin’s most important agency of photographers in just one single post. There are many stories to tell and months and months to spend with the enormous body of work that Ostkreuz photographers have created over the past 25 years and beyond.
Ostkreuz is a renowned agency of photographers that has been existing in Berlin for over 25 years by now, collectively founded in 1990 by seven photographers of former East Germany. Many things have changed in more than 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. Nowadays, Ostkreuz combines three generations of photographers from both, East and West.
A topic of their united interest is naturally Berlin, a city that had to grow back together at first, after its long years of separation. A constant transition and movement in the air, changing Berlin into one of the most fascinating metropoles of Europe today. Ostkreuz photographers have accompanied these 25 years of changes with their camera in this sense creating one of the most powerful portraits of Berlin, a portrait of an ever changing city and its photographers, a city attracting people from all across the globe for its uniqueness.
The story of Ostkreuz may be told best through the photographers participating in the collective. Constant exchange of ideas, thoughts and opinions on eachothers works have driven Ostkreuz photographers from the very beginning. The photographers of Ostkreuz regularly meet up to dicuss their latest works – this intense exchange is genuin for the agency.