Photographed with Johanna-Maria Fritz
Since 2015 many refugees became addicted to drugs and thus engaged in prostitution in a central park in Berlin called »Tiergarten«. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.
Working with a polaroid camera gave them the instant possibility to control their own pictures – providing complete anonymity was extremely necessary.
While photographing in the park, we quickly noticed that there were not enough social workers assisting the men. We started by organizing a coalition of social service providers that can meet regularly and discuss ways to coordinate efforts to assist them. Currently we are creating an organization, which will connect the men with Berlin residents, who will support them in their daily lives, such as helping with applying for jobs, processing paperwork, and activities they otherwise can not do.