Over the course of several years, Birte Kaufmann visited Ireland, fascinated by the country's largest minority group – Irish Travellers who live in mobile homes without a permanent address. The documentary photographer spent months at a time with the Traveller community, setting up home in campers and caravans herself, and earning the acceptance of one clan in particular. This enabled her to capture moments of their everyday lives – offering a rare and sensitive insight into a parallel world that is usually closed to outsiders. Her serene and empathetic images veer between photojournalism and art, resulting in a body of work whose impact lingers with the viewer for a long time.
Today, being a photographer not only means self-funding your travels, but increasingly also the production costs for your publications. 22,500 euros are needed to turn "The Travellers" into a book, set to be released with Kehrer Publishing. In order to make it a reality, Birte Kaufmann has created a Kickstarter campaign which runs until 2. October 2015. All contributions are appreciated!
Birte Kaufmann (born 1981) studied at the Ostkreuz School for Photography in Berlin. She is the only German photographer to date to be represented by the artist managment company 'Institute'. Previous support for her work has included a grant issued by VG Bildkunst (2012), as well as the Wüstenrot Grant for Photography, which she received for "The Travellers" in 2013. In 2014, Kaufmann was shortlisted for the Leica Oscar Barnack Award.
For further information visit Birte Kaufmann and Kickstarter