Photographer and Sang bleu contributor Sven Marquardt is the face of Europe’s most infamous club, Berghain, the notoriety of which lies partly in its tattooed and pierced, gruelling façade, and control of perhaps the strictest, and probably least predictable, door policy across the world.
Banned from showing his face throughout the Mitte district during communist East Berlin, Marquardt risked incarceration and brutality for the publication of his photographic work. Having spent over a decade away from the practice, instead turning his keen eye to screening the clientele of the city’s club nights, recent years have seen a resurgence, photographing the provocative characters of Berlin subculture met in the between.
The not entirely unexpected, but all the same differing pursuits spark the query as to the quality that unites them – an inquisitive nature so widely misinterpreted as a quick google search will tell.
In an interview last year, in giving some small hint at the nature of his cut-throat selection, the gap between these somewhat antithetic vocations became that bit smaller “[it’s] so much and actually nothing. I find faces in which I see life.”
Photographs Sven Marquardt, Portrait Kate Bellm for Wonderland Magazine