The same name (by marriage), same profession (photographer), same training (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig), same nationality (German) and born only a few months apart, in 1949 and 1950, respectively, Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler grew up in Germany under Soviet occupation. In 1990 in Berlin, after the reunification, they and and five other photographers founded the photo agency Ostkreuz, which would later become its own photography school.
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