24 June 2013
Last updated at 15:46
Some of the best photos from both up-and-coming and internationally acclaimed photographers are on show at the Berlin Fotofestival. The festival aims to showcase a broad spectrum of work, with exhibitions and discussions on documentary, the future of photojournalism, and mobile photography.
American photojournalist Christopher Morris is best known for his war photographs, but his eclectic career has also embraced political coverage, portraiture and fashion. “Fashion for me is about beauty and fantasy, all the complete opposites of my career, which dealt with the ugliness of war and the blind nationalism of politics," says Morris.
Rob Hornstra, a Dutch photographer and self-publisher of documentary work, has been focusing on areas of the former Soviet Union. 101 Billionaires features portraits of impoverished Russians, "victims of the 'tough-as-nails' capitalism".
In 2009 Hornstra joined forces with author and film-maker Arnold van Bruggen, embarking on a five-year project on Sochi - the small city on the Black Sea that is the location for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Beginning with the Berlin Wall, which fell in 1989, Kai Wiedenhofer has photographed many of the world's most famous barriers. Shurja market in downtown Baghdad is heavily secured through concrete walls and Iraqi soldiers. On Fridays, as in this picture, it is closed for traffic and mostly deserted.
An Iraqi soldier controls a pedestrian exit/entrance to the neighbourhood of Bayya in Baghdad. The quarter is completely surrounded by wall and can only be entered via checkpoints. Thirty six panoramas of eight boundaries will feature at the festival.
In the Paco Project, Italian photojournalist Valerio Bispuri investigates the drug world in Latin America. Paco is a cheap drug made from the mostly chemical residue left over from the production of cocaine.
Berlin Fotofestival runs at various venues across the city until 13 July 2013.