GoSee loves… ‘Friendship’ – an illustrated book by Ostkreuz photographers Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse about a trip to Malaysia – and as a call for health, solidarity, common sense, openheartedness and love!
What is friendship? The first interpersonal relationship that we ourselves choose. Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse ask what kind of a relationship “friendship” is. It it neither familial nor romantic, and yet, it often goes so much deeper. Together, the two photographers have photographed each other and observed friendships in public space. In their new series for the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and this artist’s book, they find emblematic images of closeness and distance, joy and sorrow, love and competition, trust and doubt, giving and taking, strength and weakness, sharing, and separating.
“We want to share a new friend with you. Someone that stays: a friendly companion, a paperback of love and connection, a book about friendship. It took years for Tobias and myself to develop our friendship. It became closer when we started to travel together. One year ago, we travelled to Penang, Malaysia, where we photographed our friendship and friendship in general. Now we are publishing a book with our photographs accompanied by a beautiful text by our friend Dirk Gieselmann,” says Jörg Brüggemann. And due to recent events GoSee: “We hope that our book will help people to remember what is most important these days: health, solidarity, common sense, openheartedness, friendship, and love!”
The friendship between Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse grew while traveling together. On a visit to Penang, Malaysia, in spring 2019, the two Ostkreuz photographers wanted to get to the bottom of these connections and what makes them so special. So they took photos and have now put together a little book, accompanied by a beautiful text by their friend Dirk Gieselmann.
ISBN 978-3-7356-0640-2, 13.5 × 20.3 cm, 144 pages, 84 color ills. and 15 b/w ills., Editor Vignes Balasignam OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Penang / Malaysia, text by Dirk Gieselmann, design by Till Wiedeck / HelloMe Studio, Berlin