Maria Steinfeldt has been one of the leading theater photographers for decades. As a graduate of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts she made Brecht’s ideas the maxim of her work: never to look at stagings only from their end, from the performance on stage, but to accompany them in their creative process.
Alongside artists such as Ruth Berghaus, Peter Konwitschny, Heiner Müller and Einar Schleef, as well as theater documentaries commissioned by the Akademie der Künste – such as the legendary Robert Wilson Lecture – she captured unique insights into the works of the great theater makers of recent theater history. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, the book presents for the first time a condensed cross-section of Steinfeldt’s work. With a foreword by Friedrich Dieckmann and a conversation with Maria Steinfeldt. Edited by Thomas Irmer on behalf of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin