Ralf Wesemann - Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 2000

Sonja Bulcik Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 1998

Daniel Chatard Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 2016

Karol Rusin Kommune X Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 1969

Christel Fomm Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 1970

Deutscher Jugendfotopreis


Young people and their family routine. A photographic journey through time

Photo exhibition from 25th September to 21st November in the FEZ Gallery

The family is usually the most important place in shaping young lives as they grow up. Regardless of what type of family they grew up in, it gives us an interesting insight into their perceptions of their family when they are let loose with a camera.

This exhibition features the comprehensive archive of the German Youth Photo awards dating back to 1961. Some of the images come from the photo competitions of the former GDR. These images have been archived in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Fotografie.

Each photo is grouped together with other photos following similar themes. The overall theme though is familiar - from the getting to know each other to having children to growing up to the funeral of a family member.

As you wander through the exhibition, you'll probably be struck by the sheer diversity and variation present in terms of how family is seen and defined by the young people behind the camera. The obvious connecting factor though is the idea of relationships between the various family members.

From an aesthetic point of view, there are also many obvious talents behind the lenses. Some photos form reports of events, other show ironic or more secretive moments with obvious journalistic flair. There are heartfelt observations of daily life, staged scenes, montages and a clear demonstration of the feelings and emotions that were being felt at the time.

Also present are the marks left behind showing the date or year each photo was taken. Sometimes this manifests itself with logos or fashion, on other occasions with other styles or the camera technology itself. As a result, they provide us with an invaluable source of historical material, answering questions such as: What was worth depicting in the past that is still relevant today? How do the people portray themselves? What photographical effects were used at the time?

Looking ahead to today, we also pose the question how the pandemic will have affected the images being taken today. The newest edition of the Deutscher Jugendfotopreis awards will give us a clear insight.


Deutscher Jugendfotopreis
The German Youth Photo Prize is one of the most traditional competitions in the country. Alongside "Jugend forscht" and "Jugend musiziert", it forms an important platform for young people to document their thoughts and feelings. The competition is open to young people up to the age of 25 and any topic can be submitted although there is also a special theme announced each year.

Families:Photos Exhibition
Conception, image selection and text:
Stefanie Grebe (photographer / image scientist)
Jan Schmolling (KJF / Deutscher Jugendfotopreis)

Production: Eberle & Eisfeld | Berlin
Use of the photos from the various competitions over the years in East Germany has been made possible with the support of the Gesellschaft für Fotografie (GfF). The Deutscher Jugendfotopreis is a competition organised by the German Children's & Youth Film Centre on behalf of the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women & Youth.