Anna-Lena Wenzel



  • Monroe Books
  • 2017
  • ISBN: 978-3-946950-02-8
  • 48 pages
  • Softcover
  • 23 x 19 x 1 cm

”I don’t know whether it’s because I’m a Pisces or because my parents first met at a pool, but I’ve always loved swimming. At some point, I started training for swim meets and took third place in my age-group at the Hamburg Championships. Then I began playing water polo, surprisingly became the German youth champion in 1994 and ended up playing in the national league for six years. I began collecting pool photos only after all this—sort of as  a way to remember the place where I had spent so much time and which for me embodied as much pleasure as it did discipline and exhaustion. My collection of film stills, found images and personal photographs contains a similar ambivalence: it pays homage to the symbol of summer and recreation while at the same time capturing the melancholy of empty pools and public swimming places. See you in the pool!“ – Anna-Lena Wenzel