Anatolian Suite

Ralf J. Diemb

Ralf J. Diemb

Ralf J. Diemb

Ralf J. Diemb

He was born in Suhl / Germany in 1942 and started photographing in 1980. His intention has always been to document the everyday life in the streets of a city - mostly spontaneous and without being noticed – the faces of people who he meets, emotional situations caught by his eyes, extraordinary events that sometimes give him information about a whole life. He is highly interested in social interactions and human living conditions. He is not keen on taking pictures of tourist attractions – his target is to create, a world of pictures“ that gives to the beholder the feeling and the wish to find his own story to the content of the photo he/she is just looking at. He tries to make ordinariness sparkle like a light that entices people to reflect, to smile and to use their fantasy.

I don’t interested in touristic places that have been discovered over and over. My intention is to create vivid photographs that instantly document the facts and still allow the viewer to make their own interpretation. In this observation, it can be said that I make "Social Documentary Photography". This requires sensory perception of details, scenes, moments, faces, and moods that are only subconsciously recognized. Photographs capturing that moment with the camera are images that we often feel but can explain later when we look at them. I have known and loved Anatolian cities, villages and people during my extensive travels. The "Anatolian Suite" series is my "declaration of love" to the people in Mardin, Sanliurfa, Antakya and Gaziantep.

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