In a fast-paced, fully-packed 34 hours, Rui Camilo created his reportage. The photographer didn’t have more time when he documented the trip of a delegation of Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, at the time the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and development.
Arrival on the morning of 6 August 2009 at Johannisburg Airport in South Africa; departure only 34 hours later. For the time in between, there was a tight schedule packed with appointments with NGOs, various aid projects for disabled children and orphans in a township, with trips to hotels, soccer pitches, a visit to the German embassy and much more.
No conceptual work had been done in preparation. Each photo is individual, a detached snapshot – and yet, in the end, it all comes together: the fixed space-time frame of the tight program resulted in a book that was never planned as such. The photographer was not able to work freely and was forced to let go of his own wishes and preconceptions. Perhaps this was what enabled the creation of this particularly personal work.
34 Hours is published in two editions at Chromfeld. The Collector’s Edition is available in a slip case with a print.
The CHROMFELD founders Rui Camilo, Carsten Riffel and Holger Lindner, know many of their published artists personally and have worked for many years in close communication in order to select special works and present them to an international audience.
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