Zwischenzeit (Interim) is the dystopian portrait of a disintegrating society. 96 pictures arranged as a narrative run right through the Europe of the years 2004 to 2010 and give an insight into events determined by power and powerlessness. Many of the perceptions conveyed contradict the portrayals in contemporary publications. Neither the images themselves nor their causal arrangement are commented on. When Zwischenzeit (Interim) was published in 2013 the series was introduced only by a brief foreword by the photographer: “This is my report on the approach of momentous times …”
Heinz Stephan Tesarek was born in 1976 in Vienna. He has reported from the wars in disintegrating Yugoslavia, on the so-called “war on terror” in Afghanistan and the terror of radical Islamists in the Caucasus and in Europe. Between 2001 and 2005 he lived in Moscow and photographed mainly in Russia and in Eastern Europe. After his return to Vienna he began work on Zwischenzeit (Interim). Heinz Stephan Tesarek works for magazines and newspapers such as News, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. His work has received several awards, including a Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence, and the Objektiv photography prize for the Austrian press photo of the year in 2011 and 2013.