Airport Berlin-Tempelhof, the longest connected building in Europe, has witnessed different histories over the decades: built by the Nazis in the 1930s as one of the first passenger airports in Germany, it was turned into an US Air Force base after WWII. In the 1950′s it re-opened as an airport for civilian air traffic until it was finally closed in 2008.
Through my photographs I investigate what visible traces of past times are left in the building. I search for layers of meaning, memory & emotion in WWII bunkers, bowling alleys and changing rooms in this microcosm within central Berlin.
Katrin Streicher was born in 1980 in Munich. She studied Photography at the Staatl – Fachakademie fuer Fotodesign. After graduating in 2003 she spent one year in London to work as a photographer’s assistant and to pursue her own projects. She went back to Munich in 2004 to study Social Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität in Munich and finished her studies with a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. In 2008 she spent three months in Kampala, Uganda to coordinate a youth media project. Since 2008 she lives in Berlin and works as a freelance documentary photographer. Her work has been exhibited in Hamburg, Munich, Kampala, Manchester & London.