PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

Gesche Jäger

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Since 1989, more than 1.5 million people have turned their backs on eastern Germany. Of this figure, twice as many women than men have left the region. The resulting gender imbalance is particularly serious in structurally weak regions: statistics show that there are only 65 women for every 100 men. The number of women continues to fall, making this population imbalance a unique phenomenon throughout the world.
Photographer Gesche Jäger has travelled to the region, asking why these men remain, despite the prospect of a bleak future. She meets mostly young, poorly qualified men who are deemed to be underprivileged in terms of education, development and success in finding a partner. The photos provide a profound insight into a group on the margins of German society. They are not intended to offer proof of personal or social failure but consist of a series of individual, moving portraits.

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"Gesche Jäger"

December 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-382-9

20,00 x 25,00 cm

116 Pages

54 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Andreas Beaugrand and Dirk Fütterer

Gesche Jäger