Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my work. I blurted out that I wasnt American, that I was born in Canada, almost like a confession. I felt I had to tell them. They just looked at me quizzically, laughed and started speaking in German. I have no …

Romanian immigrant elected German mayor after anti-AfD alliance

Actors and directors called on Grlitz voters to not succumb to far-right partys hate and enmity A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention. Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sundays election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%. Actors, directors and others who made films on location in Goerlitz had called on residents to vote against Wippel. The petition urged voters not to succumb to …

I Show How Much Berlin Has Changed Over The Years

Many “anchors” in the city landscape like old houses and trees help to build a bridge to another time and to better relate to the people that lived in it. Finding the exact position, where another person took a photo many years ago has become a very rewarding passion of mine. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do! The photo of 1936 shows Adolf Hitler delivering a speech on 1 May 1936. Labor Day was renamed to “National Holiday of the German People” by the Nazis. While a lot has changed since then, one can spot the same stains on the columns of “Altes Museum” in the photo of 2019, which makes me feel like this …