Since its inception in 2004, Berghain has become such an institution that for many the club’s name is synonymous with Berlin nightlife. Photographer Anna-Lena Krause has photographed ravers leaving the notorious temple of techno in “The Aftermaths” – a series of intimate portraits in 2015 - 2017.
A series of portraits of Krause’s friends taken directly after they’ve left the club following multiple nights of partying, the images of The Aftermaths possess a spellbinding kind of honesty that’s at once brutal and gentle, effectively conveying a raw state of vulnerability particular to the tail end of an epic Berlin bender. For Krause, the pictures express not only her friends’ extreme fatigue in these moments, but also a special stripped-down quality. “I’ve always found such beauty and purity in this moment after a long sleepless night. We’re living in a time in which we all have ideas about ourselves that are shaped strongly by the societies in which we participate, and in this moment of exhaustion I find something more true and honest.” - While each photo highlights the unique character of the featured individual, the portraits also evoke the freedom that Berlin’s nightlife has somehow retained over the years, despite the endless hype and growing commercialisation: the freedom to wear what you want, be who you want, and express yourself however you please. As Krause puts it, the best part about going out in Berlin is that it feels like entering “a parallel world in which the rules are still unwritten”.