Juliane Herrmann

Temple of ‘ARLS Piratininga 0140’ Lodge, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014.

Temple of ‘ARLS Piratininga 0140’ Lodge, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014.

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    Temple of ‘ARLS Piratininga 0140’ Lodge, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014.

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    Grand Temple of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Germany, 2016.

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    A temple in Egyptian style at ‘Freemasons’ Hall’, London, England, 2015.

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    Temple of ‘De Schakel’ Lodge, set up for the 2nd degree, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2013.

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    Temple of ‘Ha-Ogen No. 79’ Lodge, Ashdod, Israel, 2016.

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    Temple of ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2013.

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    Temple of the German-Brazilian Friendship-Lodge ‘Justa e Perfeita Loja de São Joãn’, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2014.

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    Temple of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire West Riding, Bradford, England, 2015.

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    Ritual in memory of the brethren who have passed away at ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2012.

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    Hand of a Freemason during New Year’s Celebration, Bonn, Germany, 2014. The ring shows the square and compasses, both Masonic symbols.

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    Portrait of a Past Master of ‘Friedrich Wilhelm zum Eisernen Kreuz’ Lodge, Bonn, Germany, 2012.

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    Member of ‘De Vriendschap’ Lodge, The Hague, and ‘Concord’ Lodge Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013.

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    Members of ‘Terpsichore Lodge No. 7454’ preparing for the meeting at ‘Freemasons’ Hall’, London, England, 2015.

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    Templars’ knife in the library of ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2013.

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    Past Master of ‘Günther zur Eintracht’ Lodge, Rudolstadt, and ‘Zur aufgehenden Sonne’ Lodge, Sonneberg, Germany. His Mother Lodge is ‘Freimut und Wahrheit zu Cöln’, Cologne, Germany. Photographed at his home in Hennef, Germany, 2013.

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    Still life at the Masonic museum of the Grand Lodge ‘Grande Oriente do Estado de São Paulo’, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014.

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    Masonic shop at ‘Freemasons’ Hall’, London, England, 2015.

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    Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel and member of ‘Na’aman No. 61’ Lodge in Haifa. Photographed in Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016.

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    Three holy books (Koran, Old Testament and New Testament) on the altar of the Lodge ‘Lumiere No. 42’, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016. In Israel, lodges practise with three holy books. The candidate can decide on which of the three holy books he wants to take his Masonic Obligation.

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    Men setting up the temple for a special ritual, at ‘Zur Wahrheit’ Lodge, Nuremberg, Germany, 2016.

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    Freemason holding a ballot box at the Lodge building in Haifa, Israel, 2016.

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    Member of ‘Emirat Shriners Europe’ and ‘Zu den Romeriken Bergen’ Lodge, Remscheid, Germany, 2016. The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or Shriners for short, is an appendant body of Freemasonry. They describe themselves as a fraternity based on fun and have a charitable purpose.

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    Still life in the common room of ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2013. The three roses symbolize light, love and life.

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    Still life in the common room at the Lodge building of The Hague, The Netherlands, 2013.

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    Member of ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2013.

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    The Chamber of Reflection at ‘Friedrich zur Vaterlandsliebe’ Lodge, Koblenz, Germany, 2016. The Chamber of Reflection can look very different depending on the location and jurisdiction. It is a dark room where candidates can reflect before their initiation into Freemasonry.

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    Preparing for the meeting at ‘Reinoldus zur Pflichttreue’ Lodge, Dortmund, Germany, 2013.

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    The mystic chain, Germany, 2016. The mystic chain (or initiates chain) symbolises the close connection of the brethren.

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    Hallway of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire West Riding, Bradford, England, 2015.

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    Tyler at ‘Freemasons’ Hall’, London, England, 2015. The Tyler has to guard the door during a meeting from the outside.

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    Wallpaper at the Masonic museum ‘Cultureel Maçonniek Centrum’ in The Hague, The Netherlands, 2013.

Man among Men

Die Arbeit „Man among Men“ sucht nach einer neuen Sichtweise auf die geschlossene Gesellschaft der Freimaurer.

Üblicher Weise als reiner Männerbund existieren heutzutage auf der ganzen Welt verschiedene Formen der Freimaurerei und die Mitgliederzahl wird auf etwa sechs Millionen Menschen geschätzt. Die Freimaurerei ist eine Bruderschaft, welche ihren Ursprung in den spätmittelalterlichen Steinmetz-Zünften hat. Im 21. Jahrhundert ist die Freimaurerei weniger eine „Geheimgesellschaft“ als vielmehr eine „Gesellschaft mit Geheimnissen“. Die Grundideale der Bruderschaft sind Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit, Toleranz und Humanität. Im Vordergrund steht die Arbeit an sich selbst.

"Man among Men" weist nicht nur darauf hin, dass die Freimaurer nach wir vor existieren und welche Werte sie vertreten, sondern versucht gleichzeitig mit überholten Vorurteilen aufzuräumen. Meine Fotografien zeigen ein komplexes, humorvolles und teilweise widersprüchliches Bild der Freimaurerei und möchten somit ein neue, differenzierte Sichtweise auf die Thematik schaffen.

Da die Freimaurerei ein global auftretendes Phänomen ist, spielt dieser Aspekt eine wichtige Rolle in der Arbeit. Existieren (kulturelle) Unterschiede zwischen den Freimaurerlogen in verschiedenen Ländern? Was ist typisch für ein bestimmtes Land und was haben alle Freimaurer gemein? Um diese Fragen zu beantworten bin ich in fünf verschiedene Länder gereist und habe Freimaurer in Deutschland, den Niederlanden, Brasilien, England und Israel portraitiert.

2017 erschien ein Fotobuch zur Arbeit "Man among Men".

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In my work „Man among Men“ I look for a new view on the closed community of the Freemasons.

Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins in the loose organisation of late medieval Stonemasonry. Regularly for men only, Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million people. In the 21st century, they became less a “secret society” and more of a "society with secrets". The basic ideals of Freemasonry are liberty, equality, fraternity, tolerance and humanity. It is most important for a Freemason to work on himself to become a better man.

My work shows that the Freemasons still exist and what values ​​they are representing. At the same time I want to clear up out-dated prejudices. Because I believe they are misrepresented in the media, I want to create a new, more sophisticated image of the Freemasons.

My photographs show a complex, humorous, sometimes even contradicting image. The viewer is invited to form his own image of the “brothers”, who might not be so different from you and me.

Since Freemasonry is a phenomenon that exists in many countries, this global dimension is also an important part of the work. Do (cultural) differences between Freemason societies in various countries exist? What is typical for each country and what do all Freemasons have in common? The images shown are photographed during the last five years in Germany, the Netherlands, England, Brazil and Israel.

2017 a photobook with "Man among Men" has been published.
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