Photographs by André Lützen, Bernd Euler, Fritz Peyer, Marily Stroux, Ulrich Gehner, Christine Plößer & Bettina Fickel, Thomas Henning, Milan Horacek, Jennifer Kauka, Alf Trojan, Lars Kohn, Alexander Rufenach, Olaf Pinske, Klaus Frahm and more.

With added material from Geschichtswerkstatt Barmbek, Altonaer Museum, Stadtteilarchiv Ottensen, St. Pauli Archiv, Architekturarchiv der Hamburgischen Architektenkammer, Museum der Arbeit as well as photographs from the personal archives of active members of the scene.


Dr. Carsten Heinze has a teaching position for special tasks in the faculty of social economy with a focus on sociology at Universität Hamburg. His work focusses on cultural-, media- and film sociology, especially on the field of documentary as well as youth- and music culture. He is one of the organisers of the film sociology study-group in the sectionmedia- and communications sociology of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie.

Dr. Sylvia Necker has a doctorate in architecture history of Hamburg at Universität Hamburg. Her research focusses on architecture and contemporary history, the history of National Socialism, urban studies, cultural and art history, as well as Jewish history. As sound artist she creates soundscapes, radio plays and compositions for theatre and museum spaces. She was a curator for the redevelopment of the permanent exhibition at Dokumentation Obersalzberg. Since January 2018 she has been a Research Fellow at Verbundprojekt Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism at the Nottingham University.

KP Flügel has been exploring formerly alternative approaches to culture from a journalistic point of view since the 1980s, approaches that now seem established: Punk, situationism, street art. He started at Göttinger Stadtillustrierte, taz and NDR, and he is now working for Radio FSK Hamburg and Warshauer. He is co-editor of the books ‘Bomb it, Miss.Tic – Mit der Graffiti-Künstlerin in Paris’, published by Edition Nautilus, and ‘Free OZ – Street Art zwischen Revolte, Repression und Kommerz’, published by assoziation a. He also teaches press and public relations at art schools and organises cultural events such as readings and concerts.

Dennis Kraus became a graffiti writer in 1990. He published the Hamburg graffiti magazine’Auf den Rädern aus Stahl’ with Oliver Herbst. As DJ, he was involved in the ‘Compilation Hamburg Hardcore’ in 1994. In the early years of the 21st century he produced songs for rappers such as  Nico Suave and Mr. Schnabel. In 1999, he became an editor for hip-hop magazine ‘Backspin’, where he served as editor-in-chief from 2001 until 2009. From 2010 until 2016, Kraus was managing editor of the resurrected ‘Backspin’ magazine.

Christian Luda studied media and information technology and has been working as an editor in Berlin since 2011. Since the late 1990s, he has been organising hip-hop parties in his home town Lüneburg with graffiti writer Trica. Since 2006 he has been working as a freelance author for Backspin magazine. He has written a number of portraits of hip-hop artists from the 1980s and 1990s for the Backspin series ‘Back In The Days’.

Kathleen Göttsche & Lars Klingenberg started studying the oeuvre of Hamburg artist Walter Josef Fischer, aka OZ (1950-2014) since 2016. Kathleen Göttsche studied cultural sciences in Lüneburg, interior design in Wrocław, Poland, as well as culture and management in Görlitz. Hamburg born Göttsche is involved with the promotion of so-called emerging artists and works for exhibition-related projects as well as in the art trade. Lars Klingenberg, born in Aachen, has been examining the work of  Walter Josef Fischer through photography and publishing since 2000. In 2009, the first illustrated book about OZ, ‘Es lebe der Sprühling’ was published in cooperation with Vicious Galerie in Hamburg. In 2015, he curated the posthumous exhibition of artist ‘Fuck the Norm’ as part of the graffiti- and street-art-festival in of Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

Rik Reinking is an art collector, art dealer and curator. The initiative ‘Deutschland – Land der Ideen’ selected him as one of ‘Deutschlands 100 Köpfen von morgen’. The laudation calls him an art collector with an extraordinarily keen eye for quality, who has one of the most exciting collections of contemporary art in Europe. As a collector, he made it into the ’40 under 40′ list of British Apollo Magazine, as one of the most talented young people that push the art world.

In 2018, he founded the WAI Foundation and in 2019 he opened the WAI Institute in Wentorf near Hamburg.