University of Westminster, London, (BA Film & Photo Arts)
About Christiane Zschommler
My photographic work has been a means of reflecting my personal experience of living behind The Berlin Wall.
I was a self-taught photographer taken grainy black and white photographs on my travels through Eastern Europe.
In 1992 I received a grant for 6 months to teach German in London. I felt overwhelmed by the change and unlimited opportunities.
For my degree, completing a BA in Photography in London,I created a series of self-portraits reflecting on The Berlin Wall.
With my recent work I continue to focus on my experiences of totalitarianism, using kept notebooks, personal documents and government statistics as starting point. I create images by obscuring the content, following a process of layering or erasing parts of the document, then reducing them to fundamental shapes and forms until there is only a trace of the original page remaining.