Bettina FlitnerBorn in Cologne in 1961, Bettina Flitner came to photography via television. She trained as an editor at the West German Radio and Television station (WDR) and then studied at the German Film and Television Academy. Her ‘Reportage from No Man’s Land’ about the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall was her first outstanding photo project and her breakthrough as a photographer. The work was published as a book and distributed worldwide. Two years later she became a member of the laif Agency. The photographer’s installations and photo sculptures in public spaces often trigger hefty debates, but they have also earned her many awards, including the 1993 Chargesheimer Grant from the city of Cologne and the 2001 Rückblende special award for political photography.