brothers
by Marlena Waldthausen

project STATEMENT

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.

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