What Has to Be Photographed!

Visit to a photographer’s studio in Sanaa (Yemen). It is here that family photos are taken, which are meant for the walls of the living room for friends and strangers to see. We are in the middle of this making, between painted décor and sceneries of faraway places. The people between the architectural elements and the draped plush toys are not so different from those who had themselves immortalized by the European studio photography in the 19th century, except for one thing: the absent women…

Irina Linke

Irina Linke is a documentary filmmaker and social anthropologist from Hamburg, Germany. She graduated from the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts (HfbK) with a focus on documentary film and holds a D.E.A. in Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She has made films in Russia, Cameroun and Yemen and has worked as a camera woman and cutter. For four years she was a part of the interdisciplinary graduate program “”Intercultural Communication – Intercultural Competence””, attached to the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. For her forthcoming PhD she did one year of fieldwork in Yemen and used a filmic approach to the field. Her research interests are documentary film, visual culture and gender.