Nicolas Schwaiger . Geisterzimmer

Growing up in a family with 3 siblings and 3 cousins, our shared home was an old house on the countryside close to Prien am Chiemsee. A house with a lot of history: my 70-year-old father and his sister have already spent their childhood there. This place is the gravitational center of our family and it represents the bond between us as children, siblings, parents and grandparents. In a time period where we emancipated ourselves from the family, went away to study, to work or to start an own family, I turned the lens inward and documented our family life, the traditions and moments when we all came back home for Christmas and Easter holidays. What interested me most was to find out, if our interests or attitude towards life had changed over the time, how the relationship towards the family has evolved and what might happen in the next 10 years? With this piece of work, I wanted to investigate what defines my family, how we are held together and what it takes to keep this bond strong and alive.


Nicolas Schwaiger is a German/American documentary photographer living in Berlin, Germany.

His work is deeply rooted in his personal life. Interested in memory, sentimentality and relationships, Nicolas has been documenting his family for the past 15 years.

Besides working as a photographer, he also produces photographic projects for documentary and commercial photographers.