Photographer Josef Schulz explores the former border stations littered throughout inner European frontiers in his series Übergang. Schulz presents what were once conceptually and culturally-intimidating demarcations as harmless and abandoned structures, now stripped of power.

With apparent influences of his former professor, renowned German photographer Bernd Becher, his documentation of these past sentinels give no hint of their former glory. His interest in these border posts, however, can be chalked up to something personal. “I grew up in Poland, a country whose territory was repeatedly redefined in the course of history. The border police have now disappeared from our frontiers, too, and the border stations seems quite harmless today – but they will continue to conjure up unsettling images in our minds for many years to come.” Discover more of Schulz’s work here.

Josef Schulz