The camera as silent companion – Medicine

  • Andrea Diefenbach and Hans Jäger
  • Dialogue Series Photography & Science
  • In dialogue

In 2006, photographer Andrea Diefenbach from Wiesbaden travelled to the Ukrainian port city of Odessa and photographed people who carry the HIV virus. After Russia, Ukraine had one of the highest rates of new HIV infections in Europe and Central Asia at that time. Her photographs show in a sensitive but forceful way the respective living conditions and everyday fears of the sick people. In a conversation with Dr. Hans Jäger, who treated the first HIV patients in New York in the 1980s, the focus will be on the effectiveness of photographic images in relation to the historical medical and social role of the disease.

Location: Institute for Psychology, Lecture Hall II, Hauptstraße 47-51, 69117 Heidelberg
Language: German

The dialogue series is a cooperative event of the German-American Institute, the Institute of European Art History at the University of Heidelberg and the Biennale of Contemporary Photography.

With the kind support of the city of Heidelberg, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and the Friedrich Foundation

What is the relationship between artistic photography and science? Renowned photographic artists* and scientists* from various disciplines will discuss this in the eight-part international dialogue series “Photography & Science” from 16 January to 2 April 2020. The artistic works form the starting point for a cross-disciplinary questioning of the medium and show the potential of photography to blur both areas.


Dear Guests, due to the intensifying developments and the corresponding official orders of the City of Heidelberg in the context of the measures to contain corona virus infections, all events at the DAI Heidelberg will be cancelled from March 13 to April 19, 2020 inclusive.

Admission is free.