Twins Jörg and Rolf Fischer are deeply bound to one another by their fate. They were both born deaf and gradually lost their sight during the course of their lives due to severe diabetes. I accompanied the twins many months with my camera and was deeply fascinated by their unique, almost symbiotic relationship.
Generally, deafblind people live isolated in their own world due to their impairment and often find it difficult to build up a relationship with others. Not so Jörg and Rolf: they have rarely been separated since they were born, and as it is so difficult for them to communicate with the world around them, their bond grew even stronger. They support each other in their daily lives as much as they can and have developed their own language and humour.
Marlena Waldthausen studied Documentary Photography and Studies of Latin America in Hanover and Cologne, Germany. After living several years in Mexico, Argentina, and the Netherlands, she now lives in Berlin where she works on personal projects and on commissioned editorial work.
Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. She was nominated for the WPP Joop Swart Masterclass and received an honorable mention at UNICEF Picture of the Year lately. Currently her project, brothers was shortlisted for the prestigious Nannen Preis (Germany).