Hamburg-based photographer Peter Dammann was mostly fascinated with photo-reportage, and he found his muses in St. Petersburg and Eastern Europe during the social upheavals of the 90's.
Committed to the social-documentary genre, traveled to the then-Leningrad and took his camera to the streets. Street and station children were many, as the dissolution of the Soviet Union led to the negligence of thousands of traveling children.
The transition from the USSR was not an easy time for the country and Eastern Europe. Long obscured from the West due to the Iron Curtain, Dammann had early shots of their lives post-Soviet era, among them are the haunting images from the Krohnstädter Kadettenschule and the Disabled Institutions in Peterhof and Pavlovsk. In the early 2000's, Daman returned to cover the legendary Vaganova Ballett Academy and the gifted children from the Rimsky-Kosakov Conservatory, a music school, in which he accompanied the 10-year-old Olga Esina for many years until she becomes the first soloist in the Vienna State Opera.
Peter Dammann. Behind the Palace is Still a House - Photographs from St. Petersburg at the Historische Museen Hamburg Jenisch Haus in Hamburg, running through April 22, 2018.
Images are from the press kit.