One Photo That Took Six Years

Adam Nankervis

I met a photographer who took me through the Stasi prison here in Berlin and these are images of his cell, deprivation and interrogation rooms. He was 17 and on a school holiday from Leipzig photographing a castle in Usedom, an island in north Germany. He had planned a career as a documentary photographer in the former DDR. He was arrested and the images show the hauntings of a place where he spent six years of his life for his one photo. Twenty years after imprisonment he became a photographer of social functions.

This series of photographs was taken in December 2004.