Photo Exhibition: "Portraits of Three Generations"

Original Title: "3-Generationen-Porträts" (Travelling Exhibition)

DOMiD developed this photo project in 2011. Photographer Guenay Ulutuncok's lifesize portraits depict their subjects – Turkish migrants, their children and their grandchildren – as part of contemporary Germany society.


The Portraits of Three Generations are an important component of the "Shared Homeland / Divided Homeland" ("Geteilte Heimet") exhibition series, which was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the German-Turkish labor recruitment agreement of 1961.


More Than Just Portraits

Each set of photo portraits tells the story of a family's development: from the grandfather, the industrial worker, to the business-owning son, to the grandson, a university student. All together, the portraits illustrate a wide range of experiences among Turkish immigrant families. The exhibition also calls to mind the evolution of political attitudes toward migrants and their descendants, from the concept of the "guest worker" and debates over integration to demands for inclusion and opportunities for participation in today's society. The family photos depict neighbors, work colleagues and classmates. They make it clear that migration history is part of everyday life in Germany.


From Exhibition to Publication

The book "Drei Generationen" ("Three Generations") was published in 2012. In it, Guenay Ulutuncok supplements the portraits with historical photos, as well as scholarly and poetic texts. The book (in German) is available for purchase through DOMiD. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

The exhibition is also available for loan, for a fee. Please feel free to contact us for more information.


Photo: DOMiD Archive