'Traveling for the first time in Albania you immediately get there are layers there, just like in the architecture of their messy cities … what I saw was a compendium of contradictions & a youthful energy. Past & present are so unusually close.'
'Arriving at night, my first glimpses from the taxi window showed a city at once familiar & foreign. A visit to Zaza's workshop outside Tbilisi the next morning revealed a new world, a new reality. It was the beginning of a journey in which every day we discovered new layers & stories of a fascinating country. This variety was reflected in the buildings, the people, the landscape & the food. Last but not least, the encounter with Zaza was instructive. He spoke of the emotional value objects can take on. A testament to the mute yet eloquent language of things.'
'The middle way between intimacy & distance is not always easy to walk. I hope you can read the expression in Zaza’s eyes, it says it all.'
Pauline Thurn und Taxis
'Photography for me is a window to many worlds. I have been a documentary photographer & a photojournalist for almost 50 years. Yet every time I look through the lens I feel I am opening a new window. That is exactly what I felt when I visited Zaza in Tserovani. Photographing the refugees from South Ossetia was like discovering a new world. I did not speak their language but the communication was beyond words. Cooperation was without boundaries or frontiers. I hope this comes out in the pictures.'
© alex levac
© nafez rerhuf
'This was my second trip to Transylvania. But while, for some strange reason, I have almost no memories of the first one 20 years ago, this time so many images imprinted themselves in my mind. Sorin’s small sun-drenched workshop, the magnificent colors of the traditional costumes, the turrets & roofs of the Roma palaces. These memories will stay with me.'
© nafez rerhuf
'A journey through time that was not a journey through time. I was fascinated by the attempt to portray traditional crafts in a contemporary way.'
© pauline thurn und taxis