In 1909, a young mother called Emma Hauck was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Heidelberg (Germany). She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Emma would pass away in an asylum in Wiesloch 11 years later. 


By that time a collection of letters was found in the archives of the Heidelberg hospital. All of these letters were written obsessively to her husband Michael, begging him to collect her.


Most of her letters are written with overlapping words. Some read “herzensschatzi komm’ (darling come) over and over; others only repeat the words, ‘komm, komm, komm’ (come) thousands of times.


The letters were never sent…

Photography: Nanouk Prins

Editing: Karianne Bueno, Ellen Sanders, Nanouk Prins

Graphic Design: Studio Suze Swarte

Publisher: Self Published

Prize: 35,-

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