"Jutta Benzenberg has caught people in the struggles of their everyday lives, in scenes which bear the marks either of the socialist past or of Albania’s age-old poverty. Some illustrate unsuccessful endeavours to overcome both, in the shape of a newly-acquired kitsch prosperity, with shimmering satin and floating tulle curtains. Sometimes the subjects of these photographs, still in thrall to the past, are not people, but buildings, rooms, railway stations, mining towns, dogs and horses, forests and lakes. Unlike tourist photographers who attempt to exclude every blemish and stain, and all the rubble and debris of the past, Jutta consistently includes these things in her vision, or rather finds them wherever she goes. Are these the struggles of Albania, her fractures and rents, or are they the photographer’s? I cannot tell, and I need not decide this question as long as the photographs speak for themselves."
Texts: Adrian Klosi, Ingo Schulze
Language: English, Albanian
Format: 28 x 24 cm, 148 pages
Publisher: Fotohof Editions, 2011