The best documentary photography is about showing a particular aspect of life and culture to the masses. It is about telling a story, whether that be your story or someone else. Katarzyna Mazur’s heard of a Female Fight Club taking place in Berlin and chose to tell their story.
Female wrestling used to be very popular in Berlin in the golden 1920’s and this current iteration of it, Female Fight Club seems to be a revival of this great past time. Shocked by the images the Female Fight Club used on their site, Katarzyna felt inspired to get in touch.
Hit the jump to see Katarzyna Mazur’s series.
There are no particular rules, categories or a judge to Female Fight Club, they seem to just operate on common sense and a respect for each other, with a fight usually lasting until submission. Women of all different backgrounds, fighting experiences, motivation and skills are invited to join an event, meaning that a bodybuilder is able to challenge a black belt in Jiu Jitsu. Seemingly a very underground club, all of this takes place in a rented room in Berlin where it is often difficult to gather a crowd.
“The events focus on the competition and its thrill, no matter how skilled you are. The club is open for women of all weight and age, between 20 and 50. Besides wrestling, the fighting styles can range from domination to the so called cat-fight.”
Aside from this particular piece of work Katarzyna Mazur’s work tends to be interested in topics on the outside of culture. Things that people rarely see or do, something that appears “unusual, at least unusual to me”. You can find more of her work on her site.