Johann, you're a wife beater.

Men who beat up their wifes. Every forth man is getting violent in his relationship. For the first time three of them talk about it - and show their faces. Johann, Sabri and Sascha. They want to show, that it is not always the woman who has to leave, but that even violent men can change. > More

Witch-burning in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is supposed to be one of the most beautiful, mysterious and dangerous countries of the world. Dangerous especially for women. Sister Lorena, a catholic sister from Switzerland, is living in the southern heights of Papua New Guinea. Here she is taking care of the rising numbers of vicitms of witch-burning. > More

My Algerian family

Bettina Flitner made the photographs for the book "Meine algerische Familie" (my algerian family) by Alice Schwarzer. This real "Saga" tells the story of an algerian family of three generations. A vivid history of the northafrican country > More (german)

Are we able to cope with the refugees?

"Are we able to cope with the refugees?" Bettina Flitner asked passbyers and well known citizens of the city of Leipzig. The people wrote their answers on a peace of paper and were photographed with it. The whole range of hope and fear of the germans can be seen in this photo/text work. It has been realized on assignment for the "Museum of History of the Federal Republic of Germany" in 2015/2016.

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The outdoor red light district along the German/Czech border near Cheb is considered to be the “longest street prostitution zone in Europe”. In the spring of 2014, Bettina Flitner drove several hundred kilometres along this border. She asked the women who stood there: “What do you dream of?” She portrayed them there, at their “place of work”: In the forest, along the edge of the street, in the bushes. 
10-part photographic series, 2014

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Mestlin - the former socialist village of the German Democratic Republic

Mestlin has been constructed between 1952 and 1957. The German Democratic Republic errected a socialist city on the countryside of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The inhabitants of this village should have all the benefits of the city, but be farmers  for the benefit of socialism. Bettina Flitner lived there for several weeks, 25 years after the fall of the wall and asked the inhabitants: What do you remember of the GDR? > more


30-piece photographic work

Slowly but steadily the Boatpeople are moving upstream. Bettina Flitner got  individuals and groups for her procession against the current in her boat from burma. Manager and families as well as homeless.



Bettina Flitner photographed for 10 days in a brothel in Germany.
She asked the johns "Why are you here?" The men, between 21
and 73 answered - and posed for the photos on the beds.
The report was made for Stern Magazine > More

18-piece work, 2013

a visit to congo

Civil war in congo. Millions of traumatised women, men and children. They are victims of attacks, plunders and rapes. Bettina Flitner accompanied for two weeks the often improvised psychological help for the victims. > More

Female scientists

Bettina Flitner photographed 25 top women scientists in Germany and Switzerland. They are physicians und biologists, astronomists und chemists, medics and mathematicians.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book „Frauen, die forschen“ by Bettina Flitner (photo) and Jeanne Rubner (text) in the Collection Rolf Heyne.

European women

210-piece photographic work, 2001-2006

66 portraits of women in europe. The chief of state, the artist or the worlds best chess player. More



I am Proud to be a Nationalist

15-piece photographic work, 2000  

They live on the fringes of Berlin. They wear combat boots, "white power"-jackets and shaved scalps. Bettina Flitner talked to them, observed and photographed them. What do they mean by "nationalistic?" And what could be their motives?


My Enemy

12-piece photographic work, 1992

Do you have an enemy? And if so, what would you do with him  if you could do it without getting punished? This was the question Bettina Flitner asked random passers-by in the streets of Cologne and Berlin.


My Monument

12-piece photographic work, 1994

Do you deserve a personal monument? And if yes, for what? For a few weeks in the spring of 1994, Bettina Flitner moved her studio to the rooms of the "Center for Self Help" of the Cologne suburb Chorweiler, which is considered a bad neighborhood.


My Heart

12-piece photographic work, 1996  

Did you ever lose your heart? And if yes, what were the consequences? As with her first two works "My Enemy" and "My Monument" Bettina Flitner has worked with random passers-by for this last part of her trilogy. 



Report, 1994

For the first time this report from Pattaya, the "largest open air brothel" of Thailand, shows not only the women who work as prostitutes but also their johns.


Winners Laurel

9-piece photographic work, 1992

People at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin  more than half a century after the Olympic Games 1936. People who are no winners but rather everyday heroes. What is it they always wanted to be honored for?



10-piece photographic work, 1992

Cemetery of Friedenau Berlin, 16. Mai 1992. Marlene Dietrich is buried in Berlin, according to her last wish. The people of Berlin react diversely to the transportation and burial of the celebrity in her old hometown. The women of Marlene Dietrichs Generation tend the neighboring graves. What do they think about the burial of the returned celebrity in her birth city Berlin?  More


15-piece photographic work, 1991

Albert-Schweitzer-Street 21 and 22 in Hoyerswerda. After the excesses of Germans against foreigners with whom they had been living wall to wall for years. What has really happened?


Report from No Man's Land

46-piece photographic work, 1989/90  

Fall 1989. The Berlin Wall comes down. And suddenly they face each other, the people from the East and the West. In the no mans land of reunited Germany. For months Bettina Flitner wandered along Berlins border line and asked people: What do you feel now?