At the end of the year there comes the moment of truth: any good pictures taken during the last 12 months? Any pictures that will last? Especially when you shoot in public places really good results are quite rare. These are three of my personal favourites of 2010.
This was taken on the Gay Lesbian City Festival in Schöneberg, Berlin. Usually I go there every year but this year I was a bit late. The main party was over and some of the booths were already removed when I saw this scene on a street corner. Fortunately I had a flash on the camera for this one.
I live in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. In the 90s this used to be the place to be for any artists and alternative way of living. Now everybody has grown older, the old buildings are reconstructed, more and more richer people moved in and everybody goes shopping at organic supermarkets. I pass this cow several times a week. It’s funny that those organic supermarkets try to attract people exactly with the same methods as any American Fast Food Restaurant on Route66: with a life-sized cow. Comined with this little child behaving as if it would drink from the udder this picture is a symbol for Prenzlauer Berg in 2010 to me.
The Haus- und Heimtiermesse (pet fair) is a crazy event where you can buy anything you don’t need for a happier life of your pet. I like how the lady on the left looks at the other lady who’s face is as visible as the face of the poodle. Although this is often considered as a funny picture it also seems very melancholic and touching to me.
Every year I produce a small edition of calendars to give them to friends and customers as a christmas gift. This year it features parts of the Londoners series and there are some copies left. So why not give them to you? Here comes the big blog61 Xmas Competition: Win 1 of 10 calendars for 2011!
All you have to do is send your complete postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is December, 31th. I’ll cast lots within the fist days of the new year. Good Luck!
PS: Feel free to share the link to this competition on any social network or blog.
PPS: Of course your address will NOT be used for anything except for the competition.
UPDATE 2011-01-03: The winners have been allotted. I won’t publish any names here – just check your mailbox for it. The calendars go to Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. Thanks to all participants. Happy 2011!
Marc Thümmler’s extraordinary photo movie „Radfahrer“ that combines Harald Hauswald’s photographs from the GDR with Stasi transcripts about him is now available on DVD for only € 7,-. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French plus a 30 Minutes interview. Highly recommended. The interview is also online on vimeo.
Currently at FENSTER61: Susanne Wehr’s Kennzeichen B from the artist’s vast archive of private slides volks-bild.com
Kickstart for the weekend: tomorrow at Contributed in Berlin: Opening of the Street Photography Now exhibition and book presentation. See you!
If you don’t know the book yet check this.
I feel honoured that Seconds2Real asked me to join their co-operative. We have some exciting plans for 2011 – a common book release about Street Photography in Austria and Germany as well as exhibitions in Vienna and in Berlin.
Check the Seconds2Real website for an ALEX selection with some pictures from the book that haven’t been published on the web so far. My other gallery on the Seconds2Real websites features photographs from Urban B’Sides and new photographs taken in Berlin this year.
…and of course be shure to check all those other fine galleries by my new buddies.
Frank Schirrmeister has a new series on his website called Sonntags in Berlin (Sundays in Berlin). I knew his reportage and architecture work but didn’t know his street photography pictures so far. His series explores Berlin on the fringe, the town beyond the cool downtown districts. By diving into the deeper layers of the metropolis, he discovers parallel worlds. For some years now, he has been exploring the leisure activities of ordinary Berliners, consequently avoiding the big fuss in order to find the unspectacular „real“ (?) Berlin. I really like that work so we have just arranged an exhibition of Sundays in Berlin at FENSTER61 for 2011.
There’s an interview on slow travel berlin where he talks about his earlier series Plain City, which was exhibited at FENSTER61 in 2007, and Sundays in Berlin.
Update: the complete series on the OSTKREUZ pages.
Bought Bruce Gilden’s Fashion Magazine yesterday which in fact is a collection of 7 magazines, each 40cm high and 30cm wide. Entitled Power, Fame, Addictions, Body, Fantasmes, Exclusive and Illicit. The big format fits perfectly to those powerful pictures. There’s a multimedia presentation on Magnum In Motion with Bruce talking about the project. Awesome.
Every friday I like to read the friday quote on sonicblog. Today it’s Matt Stuart saying
“People say street photography is somehow old-fashioned and cliched, but, if that’s the case, so is portraiture or sports photography; you might even say so is photography itself. Sure, we’re recording the everyday world in much the same way that street photographers have always done, but times change and things move on, and street photography is a record of that at ground level. That is why it is so important to resist calls for it to be banned or controlled.”
Other fine sources for quotes about photography are quotegarden.com and photoquotes.com.
Robert Lebeck is one of West Germany’s grandmasters of photojournalism who started his carreer when Elvis Presley was a US soldier based in Germany – there’s a very interesting interview on the Radio Bremen website (German).
German photographer and Seconds2Real member Andreas Stelter is presenting beautiful street photographs on his website kaipho.com as well as some interesting essays about the history of photography, photojournalism and – of course – street photography. Enjoy.
The Pool Gallery in Berlin represents visual artists and some well known photographers from Germany such as Andreas Mühe and Ostkreuz founders Harald Hauswald, Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler. Tonight it’s the opening of an exhibition entitled Things Fall Apart that deals with the idea of loss and deterioration of social and political structures in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Amy Stein and features works of seven contemporary American female photographers: Juliana Beasley, Lisa Kereszi, Stacy Mehrfar, Justine Reyes, Robin Schwartz, Amy Stein and Zoe Strauss. Doors open at 6pm here.
The 2ed exhibiton of FENSTER61 in this year’s European Month of Photography in Berlin is up since Monday night. Christian Doppelgatz ist showing a series of striking portraits he took of youngsters from Berlin-Marzahn last year. Check out more portraits of the series on his website.
I don’t know anything about Parisisan photographer Alain Delorme, but this series is just awesome.
Berlin 120° is an extraordinary exhibiton of Frank Silberbach at unterwegs Galerie, Torstraße, Berlin. Frank Silberbach uses a panorama camera for his b/w street photography in Berlin. All images were taken in the last few years and have a lot of little details in them to discover. This man should definitely make a book out of it! Some images online + details about the exhibition here.
Some interesting openings I’m going to visit tonight…
Michael Wolf, Tokio Compression Book Release at 25books
Winners of 3. Kassel Photobook Festival Werner Amann, Axel Beyer und Chad States at Future A.D.Deertz Shop, Torstraße 106, Berlin-Mitte
Graduation exhibition of Ostkreuz School of Photography at c/o Berlin
Paul Trevor took pictures on the streets of Liverpool in 1975 and ist now returning to find the people he had photographed. A beautiful documentation about a beautiful project on the bbc pages.
“It’s impossible to be a photographer and not make social remarks. Impossible. That which you know spills over into your photographs.”
– Fred Herzog / more quotes here –
Another street photography highlight of this year’s European Month of Photograhy is opening tonight at c/o Berlin. Fred Herzog is one of the very early color street photographers who began to shoot in color in the early 50s. Check his photographs on the Equinow Gallery’s website.
There are some interesting street photography exhibitions at this year’s European Month of Photography in Berlin. Rudi Meisel is featured with two solo shows: London as it was, 1967-1973 will open later that month, the other exhibition entitled Life in cities with photographs from the last 10 years will open tonight at loftgalerie für Fotografie, 7pm.
Seconds2Real published a nice review about ALEX last week – now they are running an ALEX competition. Click here to find out how you can win a copy of ALEX. If you shouldn’t be lucky to win one you still have the chance to order one ;-)
One of today’s finest street photographers, Matt Stuart from London, is featured on The New York Times Lens Blog today. There’s a nice video about him on Spine TV and more photographs on his website and on his in-public pages.
There’s a new video on aaschool.ac.uk of Grandmaster Stephen Shore holding his lecture Photography and the Limits of Representation in London this October. Take your time – it’s 90 minutes only!
Several times over several seasons Dutch photographer Rogier Alleblas took pictures of the same park-like pedestrian walkway at a crossing in Berlin. All of the photographs show the same details from the same perspective: a few park benches located almost invariably at the same spots, serving as a backdrop for people who regularly pass by there to sit down and take a break. This work has yielded a number of photo series, some of which show the same people again and again in almost identical poses, while others are of different people in almost the same positions. The seasons change throughout the series, yet time seems to be dissolving in the process, blown away with the autumn leaves from the trees in the background of the photographs.
When Rogier applied for an exhibition at FENSTER61 I was spontaneously enthusiastic about this series. It’s one of those very simple ideas that can lead to great results. Of course the exhibition is part of the 4th European Month of Photography in Berlin.
There’s a video about Joe Wigfall on street-photographers.com who advices not to look through the viewfinder but to „see with your hands“ when shooting on the streets. A method I used a lot when I was shooting at Alexanderplatz.
Had a great opening party last night at refugium 2 with a few hundred people visiting the neunplus exhibition Mittelpunkt der Welt. My ALEX book was delivered just in time – so: it is OUT NOW!
4th European Month of Photography in Berlin
Mittelpunkt der Welt [Center of the World]
neunplus at galerie weißer elefant / refugium 2
The exhibition presents photographs of Nikolaus Brade, Piero Chiussi, Lina Gruen, Fred Hüning, Klaus Muenzner, Christian Reister and Mirjam Siefert.
Opening + Release of my book ALEX : 16.10.2010, 19 h
Duration of the exhibition: 17.10. – 13.11.2010
Opening times: Di-Sa 13-19 h
Location: neunplus in der galerie weißer elefant / refugium 2
Auguststraße 21 (2ed floor) / 10117 Berlin / T 0049 30 28884454
More information on the neunplus website and the 4th European Month of Photography in Berlin website.
Sebastian Klug is creating a very special atmosphere in taking his pictures of the Berliner nightlife with an old lousy cell phone. Considered as one of the official highlights of this year’s European Month of Photography in Berlin he will show his series „Through the night“ at Galerie Ina Köhler. Opening this Freiday – highly recommended. Check details here.
5 years ago there was a group exhibition called Gott, Berlin und die Welt [God, Berlin and the World] in Berlin, Kreuzberg. Five photographers curated by Andreas Rost. I showed a view images taken in several cities such as Sydney, Hongkong, Cairns, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin. Seen from now it’s interesting what photographs I chose at the time. At least two of them later became part of the Urban B’Sides series. The press text said that „The photographs of Christian Reister are driven by speed, humour and upbeat colours. They speak in a modern optimistic language but behind the flashy surface there’s often somthing profound and abysmal.“ Well…
Image above: Berlin 2004, this one: Cairns 2005
The incubator of ALEX. Printed today. Will the finishing be done until Oct, 16th? 99,99% YES. Book presentation will be at the opening of the exhibition MITTELPUNKT DER WELT. Part of the 4th European Month of Photography in Berlin.