The last of the Oktoberfest, the dimension of which has knocked him out. Blotto, a man lies on the lawn, all fours stretched out. A woman in a skirt bends curious about him, as a precaution, from a safe distance.

In the Background, groups of Oktoberfest visitors. Onlookers are carrying their handbags as shields in front of the body and “Yuck” seem. How good it feels to have everything under control. Stefan Moses, one of the best-known German photographers of the post-war period, has kept the company’s ruthless and full of irony the mirror.


Since the fifty years he was with his camera on the road through Germany, Europe and other continents. Strange looks at him, familiar, apparently Familiar bizarre. As the three women sitting somewhere in the young Federal Republic of Germany side by side at the hairdresser’s.

Each scroll in a magazine to pass the time. You do not view and do not talk to each other. This is probably due to the bulky hoods that seem to come from another galaxy. The people mutate into freakish beings from outer space.

was Also in the sixties, the photo of a young man lazing on a campsite in front of his tent on the air mattress. Where is he in his thoughts, perhaps, on a distant beach?

next Door to the clothesline Laundry to Dry, such as in the garden, hanging neatly behind a terraced house in a narrow-minded suburban community. Behind it to Park cars. In one of these small symbols of status cars, in an emerging “economic miracle” country, he will come back from this hiatus soon in everyday life.

“My photographs are intended to disturb”

“For me, Germany is as exotic as Afghanistan or Paraguay, anywhere unexplored areas,” said Moses. Images, in which you can make yourself comfortable in a soft armchair, he did not show. “My photographs are intended to disturb.”

Unusually for the more Mature ladies in London look like, the perseverance in sleeping bags on the roadside under a tree. They celebrate by no means a pajama Party under the open sky, as it maybe your grandson would do. Instead, they wait armed with cameras, to the fact that the British Queen over rides on your horse.

Moses, who died in February of 2018 in Munich, has himself characterized as a “people photographer”. Children at play in Jerusalem or a young Shoe shiners in New York interested in you in the same way as Willy Brandt and Wagner fans to Bayreuth.

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On his Black-and-White images he has portrayed celebrities like normal citizens is impressive. “Color drowns a Yes!” he said 2015 will be the “middle Bavarian newspaper.” Moses: “The danger is great, one day will flood all of these colorful pictures with us. Color passes! Black-and-White!”

“Germany is the most interesting country”

in stone, the unmistakable profile of the then Federal Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, watching with folded hands, a corpus Christi procession in Bonn appears. The actor Curt Bois is intentionally verrutschter glasses in front of a tree, while the sculptor Bernhard Bleeker is displayed next to the works of art in his Studio, even as a Statue.

Three women from the Nordseeort Büsum grin in the camera and present a container that you roll pugs have filled. How many other nameless individuals took Moses directly from work and in front of a gray felt curtain photographed.

Fresh fish: büsum rollmops pack inside (1962/1964)

“My job, the people, before they are lost,” he admitted. His big project is to portray the society of the Federal Republic of Germany across all occupational groups and social strata, he pursued first in the West, after the turn in the East. “Germany is actually the most interesting country,” he said in a television interview on the Bavarian radio. “And the Germans, the people are also very, very funny.”

escape from the forced labor camp

It had experienced with Moses in the Nazi period because of his Jewish origin, exclusion and persecution: The 1928 in Liegnitz, Silesia-born lawyer’s son was not allowed to visit beginning in 1943, the school; in the spring of 1944, Moses was deported to a forced labour camp Ostlinde. In February 1945, 16, managed the then-Year-old the escape.

He finished his in the war, started teaching at the famous children’s photographer Grete Bodlée and initially worked as a stage photographer in Weimar, and later as a photo reporter for the media as the “New newspaper” and “Revue”, MIRROR, “star”, and “time”. Moses remained in the country of the perpetrators, although he can also have: An uncle had prepared his departure in the USA.

the exhibition note To mark his first death anniversary, the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Stefan Moses, the photo exhibition “The exotic country” (1. February to 12. May 2019).

“I have the Land and the people finally wanted to really learn who had survived the war,” said Moses, 2002, the “world on Sunday”. It was the “curiosity about everything”, which allowed him to stay: “of Course we were all full of Anticipation and hopes of new freedoms, new life, democracy and a new happiness.”

What counts is the fleeting Moment

unlike his more famous French colleague, Henri Cartier-Bresson Moses when Photographing waited not on the “decisive moment”. He pressed the shutter button to capture a “fleeting Moment”. His photos he follow not as individual images, but as moving Images. Sometimes a recording was made only when the Portrayed thought it was all over.

The photographer felt about his work as more difficult than outsiders imagine. “The people dancing around me on the head. You do what you want,” he admitted, not without irony. “I have come hardly to the Photograph. The talk so much that you’re completely drunk.” After a few shots, so his experience, to be the time. “The people back then need to use the bathroom, or in the kitchen or in the profession. It is an exciting and a tedious profession,” says Moses.

In a poem the photographer wished: “I would like to die Standing up / and the same for the book.” The desire Association with the request to the heirs, to pour him properly. The great chronicler of the Federal Republic of Germany was 89 years old.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.