Archive for September, 2011

Friedrich Seidenstücker

Christian Reister

Kickoff for the weekend… Friedrich Seidenstücker’s big retrospective will open tonight at 7pm at Berlinische Galerie. Seidenstücker (1882-1966) is best known for his humorous photographs of every day life in Berlin during the Weimar Republic and post-war Berlin, especially from the Berliner Zoo. There will be around 200 prints in the exhibition and a book is published as well (Von Nilpferden und anderen Menschen/Of Hippos and Other Humas). Check a selection of his photographs and a german article on

Update: more reviews | RBB Abendschau | Die Welt |

Fascination Street Countdown

Christian Reister

There’s a weekly interview series with members of Seconds2Real street photography collective in celebration of the forthcoming exhibition in Berlin on Sara T’Rula’s blog. The following interviews have been published so far: Elisabeth Schuh, Thorsten Strasas, Andreas Stelter, Mario Cuic and – today – me. Check all interviews here.

Weegee The Famous

Christian Reister

„I didn’t wait for somebody to give me a job –  I went and created a job.“
A slideshow + the original voice of Weegee „The Famous“, the New York city freelance news photographer from the 1930s to the 1950s – here on

Family affairs

Christian Reister

Opening this Thursday at 7pm at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain: the group show Familienbande presenting seven photographers, among them Klaus Münzner and Fred Hüning from neunplus, all dealing with the subject Family.

Different photographers – other side of the world – related topic – beautiful slideshow: Check the Crazy Little Fuckers by the internation photography collective

Taken by storm

Christian Reister

The British design group Hipgnosis designed countless iconic album covers for bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Alan Parsons Project, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, T. Rex etc. Most of the artwork bases on photographic groundwork. Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson were the main heads behind Hipgnosis and pioneers in innovative dark room techniques like cut&paste, double exposures, montages etc.

Tonight at 7pm is the opening of the exhibition „Hipgnosis + Storm“ at Pavlov’s Dog. The gallery is a tiny place so I really wonder how they will manage it to show both – classic + new work. Next Sunday the movie Taken By Storm will be shown at Babylon cinema. Watch the trailer here.

Arno Fischer

Christian Reister

„Wenn ich an einer Bushaltestelle einen Mann fotografiere, der auf den Bus wartet, muss auf dem Foto mehr zu sehen sein als ein Mann, der auf einen Bus wartet.“ (When I take a pictures of a man waiting at a bus station there has to be more on the picture than a man waiting at a bus station)

So sad to hear that Arno Fischer died yesterday.

(Photo: Andreas Rost)

Jörg Schmiedekind at FENSTER61

Christian Reister

Jörg Schmiedekind at FENSTER61

Very Berlin, very factual, very architecture – there are two exhibitions by Jörg Schmiedekind in Berlin at the time. One at galerie en passant, the other one a view blocks further at FENSTER61.

Lecture: Street Photography in Berlin

Christian Reister

Frank Silberbach will be doing a lecture about „Straßenfotografie in Berlin“ next Tuesday. It runs in the context of his exhibition „Berliner Panoramafotografien 2004-2011“ at Galerie im Ratskeller, Berlin-Lichtenberg. I’ll be there.
Infos about the lecture here, some of his photographs here.

Berlin on a Dog’s Night

Christian Reister

Gundula Schulze Eldowy’s Berlin in einer Hundenacht / Berlin on a Dog’s Night will be finally released as a book this september. Her combination of text and photographs from East Berlin in the late seventies and eighties are outstanding and definitly one of the most intimate photographic works about East Berlin that I know. I never understood why those stories were only published as a pdf on her website and shown in some exhibitions. There are some previews on her redesigned website. Also interesting: an interview on youtube.


Christian Reister

Started my Google+ account last week. I don’t know if I will use it a lot but if you like to add me to your circles please feel free to find me here.