Tobias Kruse: Deponie
Tobias Kruse

74 pp.

60 black and white illustrations

threadsewn hardcover

Leipzig December, 2022
ISBN: 9783959056724
Edition Number: 1

Width: 24.5 cm
Length: 31.5 cm

Language(s): English, German

Tobias Kruse

Tobias Kruse, Florian Lamm

For his work Deponie, Tobias Kruse went to East Germany to find the vestiges and scars of a period that still casts its shadow over the present: the years following reunification. It was a time that presented a wealth of opportunities but one that, for many people, also spelled disappointment, anger, and bitterness. Thirty years after the fall of the wall, the photographer, who was born in Mecklenburg, drove 8,000 kilometres through eastern Germany. He travelled through empty regions and villages and attended crowded football stadiums and night-time demonstrations. He took pictures of scenes that could be historical or contemporary phenomena and visited places that have become part of the collective memory. His black-and-white photographs convey a sense of gloomy, oppressive unease. They are ciphers of mourning and icons of a painful historical process.

Photographer Tobias Kruse was born in 1979 in Waren an der Müritz and grew up in Schwerin. He joined the Ostkreuz agency in 2011.


"Deponie is a disturbing book. Oscillating between documentary and formal essay, it traces Tobias Kruse's journey through East Germany in search of the remnants of the time after the country's reunification."
Zoé Isle de Beauchaine, L'Œil de la Photographie
"With Deponie, Tobias Kruse has succeeded - in capturing a sense of time in pictures, which consists in the disappearance of all certainties that were believed to be irrefutable."
Frank Schirrmeister, der freitag

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