Zwischenzeit (Interim) – Quo vadis Europa?
Book Description

The photographic inventory, Zwischenzeit (Interim), made by the documentary photographer, Heinz Stephan Tesarek, is a guide across Europe, traversing the worlds of the powerful and the powerless through an age of emerging discord.

Sleeping-places for incoming refugees follow celebrations of private parties, victims of Islamic terror follow marches of neo-Fascist organizations, screenshots from entertainment shows follow hidden messages in the basement pubs of the jobless.

Zwischenzeit (Interim) draws the portrait of a society whose current state resembles literary dystopias or descriptions of declining cultures. Whither Europe? Whither the Western world?

The 96 + 4 pictures taken between 2004 and 2010 from twelve European countries, the Asian part of Russia and the United States pursue these questions.

Zwischenzeit (Interim) was first self-published in 2013.

In 2016 an extended second edition under the title, Zwischenzeit (Interim) – Quo vadis Europa?, was presented at an exhibition of 40 photographs at Sala 1 in Rome and published at for free viewing.

Sala 1 – an independent art gallery located at the Lateran in Rome
Exhibition opening and book presentation 6. December 2016 at Sala 1
2016/2017 Exhibition at Sala 1 in Rome
Press Reviews


“Trains of thought cast in images.”
“A master of the coded message, who demands the viewer’s attention and so grants a deep insight.”
“A disturbing documentary.”

Die Presse

“His idea of the crumbling, disintegrating interregnum on the road to destruction.”
“His magnum opus.”

Der Standard

“Much appears that is otherwise kept secret or forgotten.”
“A document of the age in which we live.”

“Totally surreal.”


“The book is a politically determined résumé.”
“Tesarek uses the medium of the photo book in its best sense in order to show in a rhythm and sequence of images how disparate image worlds, media and reality intertwine and so feed the invisible machinery of globalisation. As sparse as the details of the shots are kept, the more powerful is the effect of the sequence of images.”


“If expressions such as “Weltanschauung” and “Zeitgeist” have migrated from philosophical categories into everyday language, we can only hope that the term “Zwischenzeit” may one day be associated with the atmosphere of the early decades of the 21st century . . . ”

Curator Lidia Ciotta, exhibition catalogue Zwischenzeit (Interim), Sala 1, Rome