Night on Demimonde
Nacht im Milieu
Cologne´s “Ringe” (circular roads), the Friesenviertel, the Eigelstein: in the sixties these places stood for "Little Chicago on the Rhine". In the 90's the times became calmer; the „kölsche“ nightlife is only rarely good for headlines. The underworld´s bigshots had nicknames to match: “Schäfers Nas” or “Dummse Tünn”. But age is catching up on the city´s “milieu”. Bars and saloons as well as discotheques like "Showboat" and "Love Story" are now stagnating. But while the environment deplores still the lost legends, it goes the remainder of the trade to the basis of existence. Classic battles with prosecutors and police have been superseded by clashes with a Cologne insurance company, which is blamed for snapping up the old houses and etablishments. In 1990 only few discotheques and cafes in the Friesenviertel and Eigelstein remained for the environment as amusing mile. The milieu´s leopards are made of porcelain. The “leasure mile” has become a sleepy backstage where the demimonde celebrates itself. (1994)
A documentary look into the 90s of Cologne's nightlife in the Friesenviertel and Eigelstein; and a trip to Cologne's Eroscenter "Pascha".
Photographed in the years 1989 - 1990 and 1997. Nacht im Milieu is a part of the cycle Power and Ritual.