On the occasion of the agency’s fifteenth anniversairy the 17 OSTKREUZ photographers decided to examine the present condition in the country in which they live. Their images of Germany offer a multifaceted panorama of the supposedly familiar and the new. Much has changed in German society over the past twenty years, and very often it is the ‘small things in life’ that illuminate such changes. For their presentations the photographers accordingly chose themes that not only address political issues but, above all, touch on people’s individual circumstances and plans for the future, their desires and ambitions.

These pictures are snapshots of a society in a state of flux, in which many people are troubled by a certain degree of insecurity, be it in their private of professional lives, but who also see opportunities for a new beginning. In their survery the OSTKREUZ  memebers raise fundamental questions of life – such as what distinguishes a sense of home and belonging from what is alien, questions concerning identity and the future, people’s personal needs and their yearnings, everyday life and the unconventional. These images of Germany were first shown in a comprehensive group exibition of all seventeen OSTKREUZ photographers in autumn 2005 in Berlin.