RITUALS OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS 1987-2017 - The election campaigns for the Bundestag in Germany are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties. It is a work about the endeavour of shading light on the precisely calculated gestures of the actors of these public orchestration, their success in radiate aspects of power and its fascination. These photographs expose politics as theatre.
Since 30 years I took pictures of the political candidates and the german chancellors in their strategies, rituals and self-production during the election campaigns. These are pictures of the chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel and their challengers. In the gallery Power and Ritual - Wahl Kampf Ritual you will find some more images of the Election Campaigns from 1984 to 2017.