We found – 14 articles for Photobooks

Michael Schmidt’s “Waffenruhe” reprinted

30 years after its original and only release in 1987, Michael Schmidt’s legendary and long out-of-print photobook “Waffenruhe (“Ceasefire“) – considered as the best photobook about Berlin at the time of the Wall – is now being republished by Walther Koenig and Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst.

The photographic series was originally exhibited in Berlin in 1987 at the Berlinische Galerie in GropiusBau. In Waffenruhe, Schmidt shows West Berlin shortly before the fall of the Wall by combining portraits of youths with images of anonymous sites bordering the Wall and the Wall itself. As is characteristic of his work, it is the arrangement of the individual photographs and the use of high contrasts — the interplay and dialogue between the multi-layered images — that gives the images their distinct meaning, revealing the correlation between historical events and individual biographies.

Schmidt evokes a world of ruptures and absences that eschews a confident, comprehensive point of view. The images work with Schleef’s text to create a brusque, entirely individual perspective on the fragility of human existence.

This artist’s book – often included on lists of the most influential photographic books of all time – is once again being made available. Two versions are available, german or english.

In addition to the book release, the Volksbühne theater in Berlin is projecting Waffenruhe’s photographs and text on its façade. Curated by Thomas Weski, the projection will be on display every night (from darkness to midnight) until 13.03.2008.

About the Photographer: 

Michael Schmidt was born in 1945 in Berlin, where he died in 2014. His works can be found in national and international collections and have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

In 1976, Michael Schmidt founded the Werkstatt für Fotografie at VHS Berlin-Kreuzberg, which became a major forum for international discussions on photography in (West) Berlin. In 1987 he exhibited Waffenruhe at Berlinische Galerie. In 1988 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented the work in the exhibition „New Photography 4″. In 1996 Ein-heit was shown for the first time at MoMA, New York under its English title U-ni-ty. This was the first solo-exhibition of a German photographer at MoMA since decades. In the same year, Ein-heit was presented for the first time in Germany at Sprengel Museum Hanover. In 1995, a first survey exhibition of his work was on view at Museum Folkwang Essen. In 2010 Michael Schmidt presented his comprehensive survey exhibition “Grey as Colour. Photographs since 2009” at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Lebensmittel (Food) was presented in solo exhibitions at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2012), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2013) and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2013).

Michael Schmidt participated in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013, and the Berlin Biennial in 2006 and 2010. In 2014 the artist was awarded with the Prix Pictet for his series “Lebensmittel”.

The Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive was founded in 1999, and since the artist’s death is organising and preserving the artist’s archive (www.archivmichaelschmidt.de). Thomas Weski, curator of the Michael Schmidt Foundation, is currently working on a retrospective of the artist’s work at Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2020.

 



Book Launch: “The Graffiti Trucks of Paris” by Marc Vallée

Urban Spree invites you to the Berlin launch party of The Graffiti Trucks of Paris by Marc Vallée.

London based documentary photographer Marc Vallée is back at Urban Spree on Friday 21 July 2017 to launch the second edition The Graffiti Trucks of Paris with a photographic installation of images from the photozine.

PARIS, FRANCE – 26.11.16. A truck covered in graffiti on Saturday 26 November 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2016. All rights reserved.

“The pictures here highlight how artists have brought the creative activism of subversive graffiti into (or onto) these commercialised infrastructures of urban mobility. As trucks and vans move consumable goods of the elite urban economy around the city, they carry with them the viruses of activism. Like the New York subway trains in the 1970s, the graffiti trucks of Paris are a mobile gallery of graffiti and its affront to the sterile spaces of urban commodity movement.” – Dr. Oli Mould.

With a foreword by human geographer Dr. Oli Mould The Graffiti Trucks of Paris was published in March 2017 and featured in Huck Magazine, HERO Magazine and Tate Britain acquired a copy for its library collection.

PARIS, FRANCE – 20.01.17. A truck covered in graffiti on Friday 20 January 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2017. All rights reserved.

Come join Marc for a beer plus he will be signing copies of The Graffiti Trucks of Paris plus many of his out of print zines and photobooks including Vandals and the City and Writers.

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Friday, July 21st, 19:00-22:00

Free Entry

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Book Launch: “The Graffiti Trucks of Paris” by Marc Vallée

Urban Spree invites you to the Berlin launch party of The Graffiti Trucks of Paris by Marc Vallée.

London based documentary photographer Marc Vallée is back at Urban Spree on Friday 21 July 2017 to launch the second edition The Graffiti Trucks of Paris with a photographic installation of images from the photozine.

PARIS, FRANCE – 26.11.16. A truck covered in graffiti on Saturday 26 November 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2016. All rights reserved.

“The pictures here highlight how artists have brought the creative activism of subversive graffiti into (or onto) these commercialised infrastructures of urban mobility. As trucks and vans move consumable goods of the elite urban economy around the city, they carry with them the viruses of activism. Like the New York subway trains in the 1970s, the graffiti trucks of Paris are a mobile gallery of graffiti and its affront to the sterile spaces of urban commodity movement.” – Dr. Oli Mould.

With a foreword by human geographer Dr. Oli Mould The Graffiti Trucks of Paris was published in March 2017 and featured in Huck Magazine, HERO Magazine and Tate Britain acquired a copy for its library collection.

PARIS, FRANCE – 20.01.17. A truck covered in graffiti on Friday 20 January 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2017. All rights reserved.

Come join Marc for a beer plus he will be signing copies of The Graffiti Trucks of Paris plus many of his out of print zines and photobooks including Vandals and the City and Writers.

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Friday, July 21st, 19:00-22:00

Free Entry

FB Event



“Incoming” by Richard Mosse

Mack Books just released Richard Mosse‘s new photobook, “Incoming“, derived from an ambitious multimedia project. 3 years after “The Enclave”, shot in Congo with Aerochrome infrared film, Mosse’s new photobook consists of 600 still images from his video installation at the London’s Barbican Gallery.

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Projected across three 8 meter wide screens, the film – made in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost – is accompanied by a loud dissonant soundtrack to create an overwhelming, immersive experience. Moving from footage of a live battle inside Syria, in which a US aircraft strikes Daesh positions on the ground, to a scene showing pathologists extracting DNA from the bones of unidentified corpses of refugees drowned off the Aegean island of Leros, the film opens a testimonial space of historical document mediated through an advanced military camera technology.

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Narratives of the journeys made by refugees and migrants across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, are captured using an extremely powerful thermographic military camera which perceives body heat at a 50km distance. The camera translates the world into a heat signature of temperature difference, producing a dazzling monochrome halo-image which alludes literally and metaphorically to hypothermia, climate change, weapons targeting, border surveillance, xenophobia, and the life of stateless people.

The book is available at Urban Spree Berlin and online.



Berlin Wonderland 2nd Edition

After being sold out and unavailable since more than a year, the 2nd edition of the documentary photobook “Berlin Wonderland” has just been released by the original publisher bobsairport, and is now available at Urban Spree Berlin and on our website.

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Berlin Wonderland, subtitled “Wild Years Revisited 1990-1996”, is a self-published monograph and testimony on the post-Cold War Berlin. With 200 photographs from 7 photographers that were active in those years of enchantment, mainly pictures from Ben de Biel, the book is a first-hand testimony about the vitality of the Berlin bohême in the 90’s, the squat movement, a counter-culture that largely structured what represents Berlin today, a state-of-mind between club culture and libertarianism.

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Ben de Biel’s original photographs are available for sale at Urban Spree Galerie here



Norilsk by Alexander Gronsky

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Norilsk by Alexander Gronsky is the latest photobook published by The Velvet Cell in a limited run of 500 copies.

After Pastoral (Contrasto Books, 2013) and Less Than One (Tycoon Books, Japan, 2014), Norilsk is Gronsky’s latest photobook to date based on a photographic series from 2013.

Whereas Pastoral, although clearly located in the soviet suburbia, opens up to nature and people, Norilsk carries a much darker tone: Norilsk is a photographic account of a devastated siberian industrial landscape, a journey through sheer decay and hopelessness, which simply leads nowhere.

Norilsk is a open wound created from the mud of the gulag and whose only objective is the extraction of minerals, achieved in a highly hostile environment and with huge side-effects such as pollution and decaying housing, a semi-abandoned landscape without a nature to reclaim it.

Only mud, concrete, and ice.

The photobook is available in our shop in Berlin and here.