The documentation by Fabian Weiß (1986, Ravensburg, Germany) of Roma living in Eastern Europe has been exhibited in Vienna, Jihlava (Czech Republic), Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania) and Poprad (Slovakia). With this project he grew a general interest in telling stories of people excluded or suppressed by society. Lately he followed homosexuals in China and depicted their still mainly hidden life and the struggles they are facing from old traditions and modern consequences.
His projects explore the profound cultural changes that occur in our contemporary world. Through personal and intimate stories that fluctuate between documenting daily life to struggling communities he likes to raise awareness for less covered issues, especially for people living on the edge of society. But first and foremost the essence is about the individual people and their touching and moving stories.
Searching for small and telling gestures, the images I create are acutely observed portraits within a broader assessment of their surrounding culture. It is their closeness and intimacy that catch attention and create a bond between the observer and the documented people. This emotional connection is the key to create empathy that is necessary for a deeper commitment.
After studying „Journalism and Communication Studies“ and „Photography and Audio-Visual Media“ in Vienna Weiss moved to Denmark for a workshop based course in „Advanced Visual Storytelling“ at the Danish School of Media and Journalism with Anders Petersen and Kent Klich. Now he consolidates his knowledge and practice at the postgraduate program „MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography“ at the London College of Communication.
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