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July 26, 2010
Duisburg, Germany People press through the crowd at the Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany, in a crush that left 21 dead and more than 500 injured. The Love Parade, a public party and music festival first held in Berlin in 1989, has attained cult status around the world. The Duisburg event, held on festival grounds at the site of a disused railway depot, had only one entrance – a tunnel 100 meters long and 16 meters wide. Revelers packed into the tunnel after police attempted to control access to the grounds. Estimates after the event put attendance figures at 1.4 million, but a later police statement reduced that to 400,000. Argument continued for months as to who was responsible for the disaster and an official investigation into the affair looked set to drag on into 2012. The head organizer of the Love Parade announced that the festival would not be held again.
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Uwe Weber was born in Rheydt, Germany, in 1960. He began working as a freelancer for music magazines in the 1980s, and in the early 1990s portrayed a number of grunge-era bands and musicians, such as Courtney Love. Later in the decade, Weber began working as a digital media designer for a British publishing company, which subsequently moved to Düsseldorf in Germany, where he continued to worked as picture editor and media designer. Since 2001, he has worked freelance. His photos have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Der Spiegel, Stern, Max, The Sunday Times, Merian, Rheinische Post, Neue Frankfurter Presse and many more.