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Hardcover, 25 x 34 cm
The spirit of Berlin: a photographic journey into the city’s history
Berlin has survived two world wars, was divided by a wall during the Cold War, and after the fall of the Wall was re-united. The city emerged as a center of European power and culture. From 1860 to the present day, this book presents the story of Berlin in photographs, portraits, maps, and aerial views. With nearly 700 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, from giddy pictures of the Roaring Twenties to devastating images of war to heartwarming postwar photos of a city picking up the pieces—the Reichstag in ruins and later wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude—this is the most comprehensive photographic study on Berlin ever made. More than a tribute to the city and its civic, social, and photographic history, this book especially pays homage to Berlin’s inhabitants: full of hope and strength, in their faces is reflected Berlin’s undying soul.
• Including images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Rene Burri, Robert Capa, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans as well as well-known Berlin photo-chroniclers such as Friedrich Seidenstucker, Erich Salomon, Willy Romer, and Heinrich Zille.
• Quotations from Berliners and Berlin connoisseurs such as Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Doblin, Herwarth Walden, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Max Schmeling, Willy Brandt, Helmut Newton, Simon Rattle, and David Bowie.
Also included: an index of photographers’ biographies.
The author: Hans Christian Adam studied psychology, art history and communication studies in Gottingen and Vienna. As a specialist in historical pictorial material, he has published numerous articles and books, including titless on travel and war photography. For this book he has researched in public and private collections, viewed tens of thousands of images and also profited from the rich collection of written material in the Berlin State Library. He is also the author of TASCHEN’s Edward Sheriff Curtis: The North American Indian, Karl Blossfeldt, and Eugene Atget: Paris.
Adam, Hans Christian
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