Discover the faces of homeless Berliners as they slip into an unfamiliar role, transforming into those who could never image being in their shoes.
The streets have no smile. In Berlin roughly 11,000 people are living in the shadows, fighting for their survival every day.
“No one is made of asphalt” depicts the faces shaped by the streets of Berlin.
It didn’t take long during the makeover process to see a complete transformation in our models. They moved different, they spoke differently, they couldn’t stop smiling. Neither could we.
"DRINK AWAY THE PAIN. DRINK UNTIL YOU GIVE A SHIT ABOUT LIVING."
"My mother drank me into disability during pregnancy, my father beat me nearly into death."
Bodo is the good soul of Warmer Otto, a homeless shelter. He works more than 40 hours a week on a voluntary basis. He never had a chance in life from the beginning.
"AS A WOMAN IN THE STREETS, YOU‘RE FAIR GAME. YOU BETTER FIND A MAN TO PROTECT YOU."
"My helper syndrome has always driven me into the wrong arms."
Unhealthy love affairs drove her to the needle, revenge landed her in jail. At 52, Judith’s taste in men may not have changed, but her attitude towards heroin has.
"If not for the fall of GDR, I would be a rich man today."
Klaus has been living on the streets for more than 20 years and feels unchallenged by the state. He is the self-proclaimed "King of the Gesundbrunnen," the station where he sleeps.
"When your social pillars break away, you‘re not only unable to cope with yourself, but with everything."
Claudia's parents died at the same time she was finishing university and her boyfriend left her. Depression and petty charges piled up making her an opponent to the system.
"The day my wife died was my funeral too."
Kurt has been homeless since 2015. The death of his wife was the beginning of a deep downward spiral consisting of alcohol, jail and violence.
"WE ARE FIGHTERS. IF WE WEREN’T, WE’D BE DEAD."
"Gambling is worse than heroin. You do not even need a fix, it just clicks."
Hannes has been addicted to gambling since he was nine years old. Today, the only thing the musician bangs on are ATMs. After he lost everything, Hannes was diagnosed bipolar and still suffers from manic depression.