Sibylle Bergemann, born in Berlin in 1941, was one of the most interesting contemporary photographers in Germany but also worldwide, completely revolutionizing polaroids, but also photos of children and fashion in general. She is also known for documenting the developments in East Germany during the communist era.
Her polaroids originally used only for documentation have gained well justified attention due to their unique tones and artistic possibilities that hadn’t been discovered before. The blur and the blending of colours, the poetry and the melancholy in them, led her to abandon her other cameras and devote herself to instant photography for most of her life.
A photographer who was always interested in the edges rather than the centre, as she put it herself, she always managed to incorporate some hidden context in every photo, each photograph usually being a unique story within a small series. When she died in 2010 she had surely managed to capture what she was hoping for from day one, the little parts unseen. A revolutionary photographer, she didn’t just shoot reality but interpretations of it, statements. Even in her elusive children polaroids.