In 2014, Germany's 'baby-boom' generation celebrates its 50th birthday. Who are the people born in the year of the highest birth-rate in the history of the German Federal Republic, and what are they doing now?
Michael Korte has photographed fifty fifty-year-olds in the streets of Hamburg. None of the portraits were retouched in post-processing – only light and shade were used to emphasise each image. The resulting series consists of 50 captivating photographs that represent an honest and respectful portrayal of this generation.
Instead of the confined space of a gallery, the images are displayed in a public venue – deliberately reflecting the everyday locations in which the photographer encountered his subjects. The series is not concerned with artificial beauty, but individuality and personality, as well as the concept of getting older in a society that has a deeply ambivalent relationship with the idea of ageing.
Korte is currently travelling through Germany with a Leica S to document the country's contemporary population for his latest project Wir sind Volk.
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