About Frederike
Frederike Wetzels is a photographer and artist based in Cologne. She was born in 1988 in Itzehoe (Germany) and studied photography from 2007 - 2011 at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Dortmund and the University of Plymouth (UK). In her artistic work she is mainly focusing on man-altered landscape, its underlying socio-economic conditions and the way the inhabitant lives in and perceives these spaces.
http://www.frederikewetzels.de
Current city: Cologne
Frederike Wetzels is a photographer and artist based in Cologne. She was born in 1988 in Itzehoe (Germany) and studied photography from 2007 - 2011 at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Dortmund and the University of Plymouth (UK). In her artistic work she is mainly focusing on man-altered landscape, its underlying socio-economic conditions and the way the inhabitant lives in and perceives these spaces.
 
Schaden.com is a book store and publishing house, specialised on photography books and special releases. It is a place where you can spend ages browsing through books and discovering publications you haven't even heard of. Besides the bookstore Schaden is organizing events on photography like talks, lectures, book signings and exhibitions. In the neighbourhood of the book store called Ehrenfeld you find many other emerging little shops, cafés and food places.
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Café Duddel is a café and bar near University that looks like if it is hosting generations of students since decades. It feels like a kitchen, living room and saloon at the same time and in the smaller building in the back you can spend a whole day sitting on a cosy sofa smoking, drinking coffee and playing chess. In the evening there are sometimes small concerts or lections too.
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Tagebau Garzweiler is an areal in the south-east of Cologne where lignite mining is taking place. Finding yourself on one of the viewing platforms you will have a stunning view over the open-cast mine. The mine is still expanding but in some older parts it is possible to wander through this wide and surreal landscape.
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Schrebergarten is an outdoor club that is located in a rail triangle. The dancefloor in the back of the areal resembles an enchanted garden with colourful lights sparkling in the top of the trees, only the trains passing by remind you of where you are. As it is all outdoor the club is only open in summer.
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Thomas Wiuf Schwartz is a German–Danish Still-life Photographer based in Cologne, Germany. His work, in which passion and devotion are to be found, not only reflect his love of photography, but a visual minimalist imagery of forms, shades, materials and objects. These are skillfully set in scene, played by light and shadow which stands out for his work – the perfect composition of work with materials, structures and surfaces. His potential in graphic design and art direction is reflected in his conceptual approach. The perfection in the imagery, the eye for the unusual can be found in details or their emphasis in the pictures. His dedication is to unfold aesthetics in things, which give the whole strength through small accents, complement his way of work and stands out for his style.
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Gerdesmeyer Krohn is an office for industrial and interior design based in Cologne. Christoph Gerdesmeyer and Jonas Krohn recognized their mutual understanding of design during their studies. Their core work is to create new products and interiors. Based on previous monitoring and analyzing of the current situation they are recognizing problems or potential for optimization to generate unique solutions — visionary solutions that treat functional and aesthetic aspects equally.
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Born in 1988 in Cologne/Germany Hugo Hoppmann is a graphic designer and art director who graduated from ECAL in Lausanne/Switzerland in summer 2011. Alongside his studies he interned at Bureau Mirko Borsche, worked for Berlin-based culture magazine 032c and found his own publication Better Mjstakes. After a powerful one-year stint at Meiré und Meiré (working full-time on projects such as Kenzo, Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 032c, brandeins) he has now returned to independency, traveling the world in pursuit for new adventures.
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Marcel Boer is a photographer & creative developer based in Cologne, Germany. He was born in 1993 in Freudenberg (Germany). His photography work is about nostalgic moments and the beauty of the world, all with a dose of endless hedonism. He is also focused on building clean and well designed websites with modern frontend technologies & has a good eye for web/ux-design.
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Viktor Hübner (*1988, Germany) received a master of fine arts in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. He won several grants and honors, including the Rosanne Somerson Scholarship, a RISD Fellowship and a Fulbright scholar.  Hübner’s artistic practice unites a natural curiosity for other human beings and their fate. Wherever he goes, he often ends up in interesting or weird situations with people. These experiences are spurred when he starts to actively observing them and building up relationships. For his project 'Distanz', he hitchhiked from Jordan, through Israel, back to Germany traversing nine countries in only 82 days. Using a minimal amount of otherwise distracting gear and the goal to be a participant-observer to whatever situation he encountered. 'Das Leben ist für uns.', is based on a visit to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Northern Iraq and the war against ISIS in 2016. The body of work gives a temporary glimpse of the facets of the PKK, their ideology, aims, and influence. It includes extensive audio material and transcribed text to give an insight into the ideology of the party. His ongoing project 'The Americans I Met' is a photographic and oral history project that collects portraits of, and conversations with, people that Hübner encountered during a series of hitchhiking trips across the United States. His journey represents an exploration of what it means to be American at this moment, and of the issues that affect Americans, both personally and politically. Hübner’s motivation as a witness is simple: He believe in the importance of history. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the history of mankind and dreamt of becoming an Archeologist. This dream ended when he understood that he is simply not the person who sits for hours in a hole brushing away layer by layer of dust. Instead of recovering artifacts from dust, he records small layers of contemporary history through his words and lens.
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