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Catalog: SPRING 2022 p. 107   

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Helga Paris: Women at Work

Text by Helga Paris. Interview by Oliver Zybok.

Helga Paris: Women at Work

Paris’ photographic chronicle of a 1980s factory remains one of her foremost accomplishments

In 1984, the German photographer Helga Paris (born 1938) spent several weeks at a state-owned clothing factory, during which time she shot more than 1,500 photographs. From these she selected the 49 powerful images that make up the series Women at the Clothing Factory VEB Treff-Modelle Berlin. These photographs capture her subjects engaged in their work or taking cigarette breaks, conveying the serenity and beauty of the sitters in their brief moments of tranquility amid the factory environment. Helga Paris: Women at Work collects the entire series and gathers it in a format that is affordable to a wider audience. This beautifully designed volume features a linen-bound printed cover with embossed text.


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Lilly Markaki

The images of women at work are exemplars of the photographer’s distinct, documentary approach and her commitment to capturing something of the actuality of real people. Allowing her protagonists to gaze back at us, and offering glimpses of the factory environment, Paris invites us to reconstruct their personal and collective histories, reinforcing her maxim that “every face is an experience”.

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Billy Anania

Paris’s portraits correct the record of gender equality in East Germany.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/12/2022

Timely and enigmatic, 'Helga Paris: Women at Work' is a New Release this week

Timely and enigmatic, 'Helga Paris: Women at Work' is a New Release this week

Featured spreads are from Helga Paris: Women at Work, releasing this week from Weiss Publications. Collecting a tight selection of 49 out of more than 1,500 portraits of female workers at a state-owned East Berlin clothing factory in 1984, this volume gives readers a straightforward yet still enigmatic picture of what things were really like at that place, at that time. “I’ve always been drawn to the everyday, the unspectacular,” Paris writes. “But I didn’t photograph it clinically, aseptically; rather, I tried to reproduce it as realistically and as hauntingly as possible. This means that when I photographed women in factories or people on the street, I had to create a certain level of trust in a very short amount of time, to bring the people to a state of inner peace, where they could meet my gaze with a certain degree of self-confidence. In this peace, every face is an experience; in particular, the rather unremarkable, unattractive ones gain an unforeseen beauty.… My subjects are people. The need to document everyday life in photographs developed out of necessity. In East Germany, only favorable photographs were shown in the papers and to the public—ideally of the happiest people possible. Real life was hardly ever documented.” continue to blog


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Helga Paris: Women at Work

HELGA PARIS: WOMEN AT WORK

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Pub Date: 3/22/2022
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Helga Paris: Leipzig Hauptbahnhof 1981/82

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