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Mint green high pitched house with man standing at upper window talking to woman in garden below with Vater Fabian Zapatka in white font

Fabian Zapatka


Text by Eckhart Nickel


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  • A very private photographic documentation of an actor bidding farewell to the theatre
  • Text in English and German
Full Description

In 2019 Manfred Zapatka ended his more than 50-year-long career in the theatre at the Residenz Theatre in Munich. An outstanding actor, he represents a generation of German-language ensemble theatre-makers that has recently been retiring. The photographer Fabian Zapatka (*1978) decided to accompany his father as he bade his farewell. His photographic piece Vater (Father) starts in the world of the Munich theatre. The end of their journey is marked by his father’s retreat to his parents’ home in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony, where he spent his childhood. The old house in the old hometown, which stood empty for nearly 30 years, will become his new home.

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Fabian Zapatka was born in 1978 und spend most of his childhood in Munich. Early on he quit school and moved to Berlin. After years as an actor, he began his career as a photographer in 2006. On a regular basis he works for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, for Die Zeit and Der Spiegel. His work is dominated by documenting people and the environment they live in.

17th May 2021
Paperback / softback
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the US & Canada
240 mm x 170 mm
96 Pages
68 color
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