Bildband Berlin Zine Making Workshop – 23-24th of March 2024
We would like to invite you to take part in the second Bildband Berlin zine making workshop with Joe Dilworth and Youvalle Levy.
23-24.03.2024 in a group of up to 10 people we will sequence, edit and layout your project in a pre-existing designed template. Once the project is ready we will send it to print.
04.04.2024 See the printed result! the zines would be printed and available for sale at the shop. Invite your friends in the evening for a drink to celebrate the end of the workshop and show your new zine.
Included in the price are 25 copies of your zine!
24 pages, A5 size, edition of 25.
400,- € – sign up here
Contact us for more info – email@example.com
Book Launch & Artist Talk – Arwed Messmer – Clearing the Depths
CLEARING THE DEPTHS. The Dream of the Reich
(TIEFENENTTRÜMMERUNG. Der Traum vom Reich)
Spector Books – Leipzig
Thursday February 22 2024 from 6-9pm at Bildband Berlin Immanuelkirchstraße 33 10405 Berlin
Maren Lübbke-Tidow in conversation with Arwed Messmer about photography and memory, and artistic practice with one’s own archive
In Clearing the Depths. The Dream of the Reich Arwed Messmer explores his own photographic archive. His previous projects with photo collections from police, military, and urban planning depositories plumbed the depths of German history. Now he takes his own look at the deep transformation of East Germany and Berlin that followed the unification of the two German states in 1990. Alongside photographs of the reforming of Berlin, which in particular document the tearing down of buildings of GDR postwar modernism, Messmer also shows strangely monotone rural landscapes at a moment of transition prior to their frequently highly disruptive redesign. He draws on largely unpublished photos, re-edits existing groups of works, and relates these different series to one another. Seen as a whole, these pictures clearly illustrate problematic approaches to German history that today again confront us with a return of nationalist ideologies.
Book Launch & Artist Talk – Nikita Teryoshin – Nothing Personal
„Every day on the news we are shown images of war and destruction. This co- incides with global expenditure on arms increasing year after year. However, we are rarely afforded a glimpse behind the curtains of the global arms business. Photographer Nikita Teryoshin traveled to 16 arms fairs between 2016 and 2023 to investigate what happens before wars take place. His aim was to take photo-
graphs at exclusive so-called defence expositions — which are closed to the public — on 5 continents to highlight the global nature of the industry.”
’Nothing Personal’ shows the back office of war, which is the complete opposite of a battle- field: an oversized playground for adults with wine, finger foods and shiny weapons. Dead bodies here are mannequins or pixels on screens of a huge number of simulators. Bazookas and ma- chine guns are plugged into flat screens and war action is sta- ged in an artificial environment in front of high-ranking guests, ministers, heads of states, generals and traders.’
Thursday 1st February 2024
18:00 – 21:00
*artist talk at 19:00
Book Launch & Artist Talk – Georg Kussmann – FRG
Join Georg Kussmann in conversation with Adam Broomberg to celebrate the launch of his debut photobook FRG, a powerful work that inquires into the state of contemporary Germany through unsettling images of everyday places made across the country over a single summer..
Thursday 25th January 2024
18:00 – 21:00
Bildband Berlin – Immanuelkirchstr. 33
Book Launch & Signing – Miron Zownir – Walk Through The Fire
Join us on the 12th of December for the launch of Miron Zownir’s amazing new book, by Gomma Publishing
Tuesday 12th December
18:00 – 21:00
*artist talk at 19:00
Double book launch!: Maria Sturm – You Don’t Look Native To Me & Elena Helfrecht – Plexus
Join us on the 8th of December for a double book launch (!) with Void.
Plexus by Elena Helfrecht
In her black and white photographs, Helfrecht uses the house and its contents to stage an allegorical play. The interiors and still lifes, which at first glance appear to show mundane objects and scenes, become increasingly unsettling: stalactite-like deposits drip sideways from walls, dark chasms open up beneath the floor boards, a snake coils around a dolls’ house and chairs hang from the beams. As the narrative progresses, motifs of eggs, birds and fleshy growths (a nod to the title, ‘Plexus’—a network of nerves or vessels) are interwoven with archival family photographs, hinting at links and connections between inscrutable symbols, people and places.
You Don’t Look Native to Me by Maria Sturm
In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book ‘You Don’t Look Native to Me’ combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation.
Immanuelkirchstraße 33, Berlin
Saturday 8nd of December 18:00 – 21:00
Artist talk with Kate Schultze starts at 19:00
Tomasz Lacszny – End Time
The book “End Time” is accompanied by a short story “The Second Temptation of the Serpent”. After enduring plagues, famines, and betrayals, the last survivors, Mada and Eve, find themselves in the garden of Nede. Hunger drives them to the brink of despair, and a mysterious serpent speaks riddles to Eve. In their final moments, they cling to each other, searching for hope. The world’s end is near, and only silence remains.
Immanuelkirchstraße 33, Berlin
Saturday 2nd of December 18:00 – 21:00
Artist talk starts at 19:00
Max Miechowski – Land Loss
Book signing and artist talk with London based photographer Max Miechowski about his first book published with Witty Books!
Immanuelkirchstraße 33, Berlin
Thursday 30th of November 18:00 – 21:00
Artist Talk with Kate Schultze starts at 19:00.
Laura Pannack – Youth Without Age and Life Without Death
Book talk and signing
Join us for the book signing of ‘Youth Without Age and Life Without Death’ by Laura Pannack.
Youth Without Age and Life Without Death marks the first chapter of a long running project in which the artist uses large format photographs, polaroids, drawings and personal notes to grasp at the intagible and explore her connection with time itself.
Immanuelkirchstraße 33, Berlin
Friday 24th November 18:00 – 21:00
Artist Talk with Kate Schultze starts at 19:00
Join us for our first photo book club event at Bildband Berlin on Wednesday, Nov 22nd from 5:30-7pm. We’ll gather to look at photo books, chat about the creation and publishing process and hear from you about what you’d like to see in a photo book club moving forward. Feel free to bring projects you’ve had published or self published if you’d like to share with the group.
We can’t wait to meet and connect with new artists, publishers and people who just love photo books in general! The event is free to join and will be hosted by Mathea Millman of Antihero Press.
Immanuelkirchstraße 33, Berlin
Wednesday 22th November 17:30 – 19:00
Tim Carpenter – To Photograph is to learn how to Die
We would like to invite you to an evening with Tim Carpenter and Mike Slack onThursday the 16th of Nov, discussing the book
“To Photograph is to Learn How To Die” by Tim Carpenter published by The Ice Plant ❤️
Immanuelkirchstr. 33 Berlin
Thursday16th November 2023
18:00 – 21:00
Talk starts at 19:00
Raymond Meeks – The Inhabitants
Talk with Tim Carpenter and book signing
special guest – Adrianna Ault – signing her new book on Void – Levee
Tuesday 14th November 18:00 – 21:00
Join Raymond Meeks at Bildband Berlin for a special book signing to celebrate the launch of The Inhabitants, a pertinent new work that brings together photography and an extended poem by George Weld to reflect on the effects of migrant life through spaces of temporary dwelling and transit.
About The Inhabitants
As the sixth Immersion laureate, a French–American Photographic Commission established by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Raymond Meeks took up residence in northern France during the summer of 2022. The work created over the course of this residency will be exhibited in New York and Paris, and accompanied by this artist’s book combining Meeks’ photographs with an extended poem by George Weld.
Nick Waplington – Comprehensive
Book Launch and Signing
Friday 10th November 18:00 – 21:00
Please join us for the launch of ‘Comprehensive’ – Nick Waplington’s long-awaited career overview, and his first visit to Bildband!
An expansive and timely survey on contemporary British photographer and artist Nick Waplington, with work spanning his entire 40-year career – his first comprehensive retrospective volume
London- and New York-based artist Nick Waplington uses photography to capture the complex and far-reaching aspects of our lived experience. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s with Living Room and has since become known for his unfiltered depictions of people and places, and the sociopolitical backgrounds that define them.
From the chaos, violence, and euphoria of riots, protests, and free parties to the surreal, hypnotic quiet of his large-format landscapes, Waplington’s work (in all its messy humanness) transcends stereotypes and confounds expectations, and this book is no exception. Including never-before-published images, offering new insight into both well- and lesser-known projects, as well as Waplington’s painting and artistic practice, the book opens with a newly commissioned introduction from Simon Baker, one of the leading curators of contemporary photography in Europe and director of the Maison Européenne de la photographie (MEP), Paris.
This is the most extensive survey of Waplington’s work to date, and includes previously unpublished photographs, as well as paintings, sketchbooks, and other artworks that complement his practice.
Michael Ackerman – Smoke
Book Launch and Artist Talk
Friday 13th October 18.00 – 21.00
Artist Talk starts at 19.00
We are very happy to welcome Michael Ackerman back to Bildband to present his beautiful new book on Editions L’Axolotl – ‘Smoke’
Published in an edition of 700 copies, this work is a form of homage to Benjamin, singer, poet, figure of the American underground now disappeared, and to Cabbagetown, an isolated haven in Atlanta.
Designed like a scrapbook, it combines photographs by Michael Ackerman, pages of Benjamin’s notes and even archival documents, with texts by Jem Cohen and Patti Smith. It reveals the infinite grace, the urgency, the delicacy and the frenzy of a forgotten man and era.
Book signing and Artist Talk with Cai Dongdong
Thursday 7th September 18:00 – 21:00
Artist talk starts at 19:00
The Bildband events are back after a short summer break! We will start with an artist talk and book signing with Cai Dongdong
The talk will be held in Chinese and will be translated into German.
Born in Tianshui, Gansu, in 1978, Cai Dongdong joined the People’s Liberation Army at a young age, taking up a role as a portrait photographer for enlisted soldiers. This job became his formal training in the medium, developing into a career path as he returned to Beijing and opened his own studio. Through the use of archival, found photography, and installation, Cai creates half-fragmented realities. Taking readymade materials – a nod to Duchamp’s Dadaist sensibilities – he pierces through the skin of these photographs with mirrors, arrows, and other objects, forming what he calls ‘photo-sculptures.’
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, including Photography Autocracy, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Fountain 泉, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Off Target: Cai Dongdong, Charles Chu Reading Room, Connecticut College (2016); Image Uterus Production Power, Gallery 55, Shanghai, China (2013); Draftsmanship, Mattias Kuper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany (2012); Tea Garden, UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy (2011); and 51m2: 6# Cai Weidong, Taikang Space, Beijing, China (2010).
Analogue Bookmaking Workshop with Tomasz Laczny
Date: 16-17 of September 2023
Cost: 250 €
Number of participants: max 10
The workshop will be held in English
Yao Yuan – 12321
Thursday 27th July 18:00-21:00
Artist talk starts at 19:00
Yao Yuan, a Chinese non-binary photographer based in Antwerp, borrows these lines for the introduction to their recently self-published photobook, 12321. Taoism is a key foundation of their photographic practice, and indeed, general mental state. To create 12321, Yao collaborated with their friend Nagakura Nami on an intimate project about her pregnancy and journey to motherhood. It was shot between 2017 and 2019, when Yao lived in Japan, and is their first major photographic series. Set in the shadow of Mount Fuji, the project developed intuitively and intensely, mirroring the closeness of their relationship. A spiritual connection to nature and Nami’s goddess-like presence shine through the work in salient colour.
Haakon Korbi – Precarity
Thursday 20th July 18:00-21:00
Artist talk starts at 19:00
Precarity is a fine art photography book by Haakon Korbi.
The body of work is driven by a concern for the precarity of the world we are living in.
“In a society that worships money and power, where humans are merely referred to as consumers and where technology separates us from nature; many of us have grown unaligned and alienated from our true sense of purpose. Exposed to endless cycles of polarized news and opinions regarding catastrophic world events, we find ourselves torn between the harsh conditions of reality and our desperate need to escape it.”
Samuel Otte – Hereafter Called: ‘Subject’
Thursday 13th of July
18:00 – 21:00
*artist talk starts at 19:00
In total 25 experiments are included with different people and situations, taking place all over Europe. They research the value of written, spoken and unspoken constructs that are inherent in any relationship—sometimes close, sometimes far away. For instance, he followed a woman for two years while staying unknown (with her permission), he let himself be limitlessly and anonymously used by other artists for their work(s), and he lived an unnoticed life in an Italian village steeped with mafia.
Heiner Lukas Beisert – Love Me For Less
Friday 7th of July 18:00 – 21:00
* artist talk starts at 19:00
LOVE ME FOR LESS is an intrinsic meditation that spans beyond a third of a decade — reflecting on out-of-body experiences. Guided by inner unrest, LOVE ME FOR LESS aims at the portrayal of abstract interactions between humans and their respective environments. A disturbing beauty that quickly fades, revealing a certain set of layers — subjective to whoever is courageous enough to take the plunge.
Edition of 200. 21.5x26cm. 64 pages. Swiss bound
NATSOUMI – TOKϴYO
Thursday 22nd June 18:00 – 21:00
Please join us to celebrate the launch of Natsoumi’s beautiful book, the artist will travel from Japan especially for the event.
In the middle of nowhere, Natsoumi found herself in the deep mountains of Okuaizu, Fukushima. On snowy days, the artist wore sledges and filmed with a medium-format film camera, Zenza Bronica. On the film, the artist recited and followed the melody of the local lullaby and the mountain worship in Northeast Japan that she had heard from her grandmother when she was a child.
A comment from the artist:
Until 2009, I spent my time in Paris as a correspondent for the magazine +81, covering the latest art and design. But one weekend in London, that fate changed. Coincidentally, I met a man from the Tohoku region, where I was born, Northeast of Japan, and we hit it off. I followed his footsteps back to Japan and started living with him in Fukushima. Strangely enough, it was a year before the disaster. I experienced two miscarriages in quick succession. I felt as if I could get close to the souls of the babies who had died, so I took my camera and went into a mountain trail deep in the mountains. The world I saw there – incredible landscapes and customs that made me feel as if I were daydreaming – was TOKΘYO（常世）, a parallel world to the reality that the ancient Japanese believed in. I took the photographs while asking the question “Where am I?” The black-and-white films used in the photographs have something in common with the notion of life and death in the Tohoku region. Life and death are two sides of the same coin, but the boundary between them is vague and transparent.
About the PHOTO BOOK
Signed and given an exclusive serial number, this photo book was made using the traditional Japanese binding technique. All steps were carried out manually by skilled craftsmen.
Format: 223 x 300 mm
Limited edition: 100 (red and white)
Luis Alberto Rodriguez – O
Book Launch and Talk with Luis Alberto Rodriguez and Youvalle Levy
Friday 19th May 2023 18:00 – 21:00
In O., acclaimed Dominican-American artist Luis Alberto Rodriguez strips down his choreographed, embodied approach to photography through a series that explores the free-fall of life, the construction of identity, and their connections with spiritual destiny. Influenced by French mystic thinker Simone Weil, Rodriguez draws a line between his stripped-down portraits and Weil’s life’s work, in search of purity and the relationship between suffering and transcendence. The title of the book – the letter O – speaks to this transcendence – between a noise, a gasp, an exhale, a cycle, all sounds, an open symbol, a zero, a reset.
Jason Fulford – The Heart is a Sandwich
Book Launch and evening of Story Telling
Friday 12th May 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Funny, profound, absurd, and filled with unexpected beauty, this new photobook from American artist Jason Fulford is a collection of twelve stories drawn from a decade of encounters with Italy. Taking the form of a novel-sized paperback, the book includes meetings with ball-breaking bakers, an exploding museum cellar, Aldo Rossi’s notes on happiness, the center of the Earth, and Guido Guidi’s garage.
Fulford’s pictures are deceptively simple, imbued with a gift for composition that brings forth metaphors and meaning. Known internationally for his skill as an editor, Fulford uses layered articulation and careful sequencing to suggest ambiguous meaning and invite endless reading.
Robert Lyons – Zero Line Boundary
Book Launch and Talk with Robert Lyons and Stephanie Steinkopf
Thursday 4th May 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Zero Line Boundary is a mediation and discourse on the 49th parallel – the International Border between the United States of America and Canada, the longest continuous border in the world between two countries. It is a liminal space that is rarely addressed when one thinks of the United States’ borders. Over a multi-year period Robert Lyons traveled to areas in Vermont, New York, Washington, Quebec and British Columbia to investigate the people and the surrounding lands.
Ingar Krauss – Sugar Beets
Friday 28th April 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Ingar Krauss has been depicting sugar beets in their individual form since 2017. As he did in his book 2016 book of still lifes „39 Bilder“ , he also stages the sugar beets in natural light against a dark background, photographing them in black-and-white using analog methods and reducing them to the essentials of their appearance. Thus, over the years, a typology of this „Beta Vulgaris“ has emerged.
His sugar beet physiognomies allow the cultivar to appear in its simple dignity and melancholy, while at the same time providing the opportunity to contemplate human perception of, and appreciation, for nature and its products.
Nikita Teryoshin – Backyard Diaries Vol. 2 Bangkok
Thursday 30th March 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Pictures from the hidden world of urban street cats.
Vol. 2 – Bangkok
Andreas Gehrke – Flughafen Berlin-Tegel
Thursday 23rd March 2023 18:00 – 21:00
On 8 November 2020 the last commercial aircraft departed from Berlin Tegel Airport. It left an emptiness in its wake; but also a utopian space in which the idea, the architecture and the history of the site continue to resonate. In this respect, Berlin Tegel was unlike the major international hubs in Shanghai, Denver, London and Frankfurt am Main which, with their never-ending agglo-merations of departure lounges, check-in counters, retractable barriers, escalators and shopping facilities, hardly differ from one another. As an airport, it wasn’t merely a transit zone of the globalised era; it was also a place with a particular social and historical significance.
Andreas Gehrke visited the site between 2020 and 2021, photographing the once crowded main terminal, the decommissioned airfield and the abandoned auxiliary buildings. His images show a juxtaposition of vision and stagnation, and how these states eventually became reality for Berlin Tegel.
Miron Zownir – Istanbul
Thursday 16th March 2023 18:00 – 21:00
In his photo series ISTANBUL NOIR, shot before and during the Corona pandemic, Miron Zownir illuminates how diverse the different realities of life among people in Turkey’s largest city are and depicts a social reality that includes an ever-increasing poverty and social taboos.
Yana Wernike – Companions
Book Launch and Talk with Kate Schulz
Thursday 9th March 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Wernicke documents with subtle grace the close bonds between two young women and the farm animals that they rescue, love, play with and care for, in a series mixing German romanticism and modern ethics.
Charlotte Hansel – Why Can’t You Globeheads Reason?
Thursday 23rd February 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Why can’t you globeheads reason? by Charlotte Hansel uses the example of the flat earth society to explore the role of photography and social media and how they distribute to the success of conspiracy theories as well as questioning the viewers own perception of reality and how it is shaped individually.
Andi Galdi Vinko – SORRY I GAVE BIRTH I DISAPPEARED BUT NOW I’M BACK
Friday 17th February 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Join us on Friday for Andi Galdi Vinko in conversation with Felix Hoffmann of C/O Gallery about her new book – signed copies will be available at the event.
Monika Orpik – Stepping Out Into This Almost Empty Road
Book Launch and Talk with Monika Orpik and Maya Hristova
Thursday 2nd February 2023 18:00 – 21:00
Stepping Out Into This Almost Empty Road looks at the moment of change when the most idyllic scenario becomes a horror of a political regime. From picking apples in the orchard to tear gas on the street. The book combines photographic material and texts that revolve around the permanent in-between state that is inseparable from the notion of migration. What happens when you’re forced to leave something behind and start anew elsewhere? What tools do you use to visualise the loss and the absence? How do you build your identity when the dialect you speak is rejected as a language? Despite being focused on stories of a specific community, the book makes visible what is universal in the context of transition.
Patricia Morosan “(I) Remember Europe” Book Launch
Friday 16 December 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Join us Friday, December 16 for the release of Patricia Morosan’s newest book, “(I) Remember Europe” at Bildband Berlin.
“(I) Remember Europe” is a photographic journey which reveals the center as existential pursuit, as geographical destiny and as political metaphor. The geographical center of Europe lies somewhere in between the Mediterranean Sea in the South, the Atlantic in the West, the Cape in the North and the Urals in the East. Various places, in seven different countries claim to be the center of the European continent. “(I) Remember Europe” is a photographic search and an emotional localization in the coordinates which claim to be the geographical center of Europe.”
(I) Remember Europe : Photographs and stitching: Patricia Morosan / Texts: Sonia Voss, Marta Jecu , Patricia Morosan / Book design: Calin & Yana Kruse, Format: 16,5 x 23,5 / Nr. of pages main book: 120 pages, 81 photographs / Nr. of pages brochure : 32 pages + poster map of Europe 31 x 43 cm. Language: English and German / Printed and bookbinding by Future Format Greece / Publisher: FOTOHOF Edition
Analog Christmas Market
Saturday 17 December 2022 11:00 – 19:00
We are participating in the Analog Christmas Market at Film Speed Lab! Come visit us to see a selection of our favourite analog titles from our shop. Film Speed Lab is a Kyiv-hearted film lab in Berlin. They sell, love and develop film.
Film Speed Lab, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Str. 32, 10407 Berlin
Damien Daufresne “Undertow” Book Launch
Friday 9 December 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Join us Friday, December 9 for the release of Damien Daufresne newest book “Undertow”, published by Blow Up Press.
“I learn that the world goes round; so I am waiting here for my house to pass by.” Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
“We are our own universes. Each of us. Life is a journey through an immeasurable collection of such universes. How this journey will go, where it will take us, is not only up to us. Hence our being lost, waiting for a helping hand or a happy coincidence. Hence our projections of the future, but also memories of the past. Everything comes back. Panta rhei. But somewhere on this trail, each of us finds this one and only place that is home. Home not in a sense of the material four walls, but such constellations of different universes that together make up this space that can be called that. And this is the most beautiful part of it. In his newest book, Damien Daufresne unveils the secret of one such universe – Undertow.
As Marie Belorgey writes in her essay: “The pictures open and fold back on themselves by turns. They renew their sound, their weight, unfold their depth, or don’t, depending on the moment. The skins’ grain answers the photographic material’s, alternately expanding and tightening like starlings in flight, unravelling the metamorphoses of a same, luminous momentum, a flesh shared by beings and places, manifested following different degrees of density, permeability, transparency. And here and there the film, scratched, smeared with salt, studded with fingerprints, meets with the texture of a world we can feel is loved in all its forms, embraced according to the paradoxes it vibrates with.
It’s about beginnings, perhaps about ends, articulated in an open ellipse that marks out the moving, growing heart of things from crest to crater. Fusion, separation, thresholds. A path traced between times, reigns, elements. Relentlessly redrawn. The living wave throughout, precarious pier between waters unmeasurable and sky, of dust animating into a landscape, from whale to butterfly. All the way to winged concrete.”
Book Signing with Ute & Werner Mahler
Wednesday 30 November 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Martin Bogren “Metropolia” Book Launch
Friday 2 December 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Join us Friday, December 2 for the release of Martin Bogren’s newest book, “Metropolia”.
“Wandering in an imaginary city, Metropolia invites the viewer on a dreamlike stroll punctuated by enigmatic encounters. The urban space is apprehended in fragments, guessed over the silhouettes that we cross there. Mists, exploded grains, sometimes saturated lights, shades of grey, monochrome colors playing with cold blues or warm oranges, with Bogren the visual experience becomes sensitive. He brings in color photographs for the first time, which punctuate the B&W: The use of color was a way to rebel against myself, as the photographer explains in the interview of the book, to see if I could do something totally new. With black-and-white, I started to know a little too much about what I was doing, while color was like a foreign language that I learned slowly. But to tell you the truth, my color images are very monochromatic.
Capturing intimacy, expressing the fragile, showing the impermanence of things: Martin Bogren’s visual universe reveals the illusion of the world. His images capture on their surface a reality that dissolves but that the art of the photographer has been able to capture in extremis, by stealth.”
Book Signing with Roger Ballen
Saturday 19 November 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Celebrating the reissue of his first publication ‘Boyhood’, please join us as we welcome acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen to Bildband Berlin.
This new and expanded edition of Roger Ballen’s widely acclaimed 1979 photobook Boyhood features new and unpublished images taken by the photographer in the ‘70s. Quoted by André Kertesz, Bruce Davidson and Elliott Erwitt as a rare and intimate view of the spirit of youth, these images are able to bring back the childhood of everyone.
In photographs and stories, Ballen leads us across the continents of Europe, Asia, and North America in search of boyhood: boyhood as it is lived in the Himalayas of Nepal, the islands of Indonesia, the provinces of China, the streets of America. Each stunning black and white photograph (culled from 15,000 boy photos shot during Ballen’s four-year quest of his subject) depicts the magic of boys revealed in their games, their adventures, their dreams, their mischief.
Boyhood is able to connect boys all around the world across the borders of nationality and culture. More of an ode or a memory than a literal document, Ballen’s first book is as powerful and current today as it was 43 years ago presenting a stunning series of timeless images that transcend social and cultural particularities.
Ave Pildas “Star Struck” Book Signing
Thursday 17 November 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Please join us Thursday, November 17 as we welcome Ave Pildas for a book signing of “Starstruck”, his first book in over 40 years, published by Deadbeat Club out of Los Angeles.
“Hollywood Boulevard, Walk of Fame, 1970s. You were there, with your camera, with your love of life and people. It seems you turned the sidewalk into a little stage, and everyone came for a momentary audition. Some wanted to be famous, some were ok with a walk-on part, most were just happy to see you.” – David Campany
Pildas made these photographs in perhaps the most famous of the many famous spots in Los Angeles – but at a time (between 1972 and 1975) when Hollywood had more of a neighborhood feel and a raucous diversity was the norm.
In Pildas’s generous and gentle view, everyone is an A-list celebrity. And he should know: those who have sat before his camera include Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, and the Velvet Underground. Pildas brings the same joyous discipline to regular folks on the street as he did to his well-known work for DownBeat magazine and Capitol Records.
In the end, the most beautiful and beguiling thing about Star Struck is that you’re not sure if the title refers to the people whom Ave Pildas encountered on Hollywood Boulevard, or to the photographer himself.
Eren Ileri “A Dying Monster” Book Launch
Thursday 3 November 2022 18:00 – 21:00
“A Dying Monster” is a new publication by Well Gedact Publishing. A Dying Monster is a photographic collection of corporate logos; plastered on people’s bodies, machines, and surroundings.
In A Dying Monster, Eren Ileri treats Formula 1 motor racing as a defining marker of extraction capitalism accelerating toward its own decline. In this mainly black-and-white photographic documentation representing a particular time frame of motor racing of the last decade, Eren paints a picture of Formula 1 that captures the racing spectacle’s contemporary character: drivers, as mere operators at the steering wheel, executing high-performance tasks with an extreme level of preciseness but with increasingly less variety of personal driving styles; and their technological counterparts as extensions of human bodies, aided by corporate organizations populated by engineers and alike, and driven by complex data analyses.
The photo book compiles Eren’s work between 2015 and 2018 when he visited various Grand Prix motor races in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Monaco, and Italy. In addition to the photography work, the book includes a text by Bécquer Medak-Seguín, which interrogates the duality of competing formations of masculinities of two Formula 1 drivers of the past, one of Ayrton Senna, as opposed to Alain Prost’s.
Well Gedacht Publishing is a Berlin and Vienna based collective founded by Ipek Burçak and Eren Ileri in 2019, as a spin-off of record label Well Gedacht. Recognizing DIY publishing as part of their artistic practice, Well Gedacht Publishing brings out artists’ publications in collaboration with fellow artists living in Europe as part of diaspora communities. Their output varies from books and zines to epub, from sound storage to performative formats.
Jens Liebchen “L.A. Crossing” Book Presentation
Thursday 27 October 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Thousands of kilometers by car and camera through Los Angeles – dream or nightmare? In his long-term project L.A. Crossing, which has been in the making since 2010, Jens Liebchen shows us the capital of unconditional automotive mobility like most of its inhabitants prefer to look at it: through the windows of their cars. Out of the moving car, Liebchen looks at a city that embodies the opposites of utopia and dystopia. L.A. Crossing itself sounds like the title of a movie, accordingly the street becomes a stage and the photography becomes a kind of still image. Bathed in the beguiling Californian light, the city appears fictitious and real at the same time. An icon of photographic art, Stephen Shore’s image »La Brea/Beverly« serves as a theoretical starting point for Liebchen’s work. Beginning with the »La Brea Matrix Project«, which was centered around said photo, Liebchen has reversed the common view and now looks back from the street to the city. Neither does he stop, like Lee Friedlander (in “America by Car”), nor does follow a strict gird like Ed Ruscha (in “Every Building on the Sunset Strip”). Liebchen drives and drives and drives. From the privileged and air-conditioned perspective of the driver’s seat, the City of Angels lights and shadows are revealed.
Jens Liebchen (*1970) has been working as a freelance photographer since his studies of ethnology. His works and have been exhibited worldwide and can be found, among others, in the collection of the DZ BANK Kunstsammlung in Frankfurt a.M. and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Liebchen lives and works in Berlin.
The conversation will take place in English.
Book signing with Michael Lange
Friday 21 October 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Please join us as we welcome acclaimed photographer Michael Lange to Bildband Berlin.
“For six years, Michael Lange made extensive journeys to various regions of the French Alps (Mercantour, Ecrin, Serre-Chevalier, Valloire, Val Cenis, Vanoise and others) searching for solitude and silence. High up in the mountains he created a collection of impressive meditative images, between light and dark, quiet and storm. He followed the idea that there is also and particularly in landscape photography, the decisive moment, the moment of perfect harmony between nature, landscape and the photographer. Often he had to wait for days, sometimes for weeks, high up in the mountains. Constantly accompanied by changes in weather and light, rain and snow showers, sudden beams of sunlight and mountains covered in mist – he was always in search of that moment.”
Photobook Workshop on Nonlinear editing, sequencing, and nonnarrative storytelling with Nonlinearbooks
Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October 2022
This 2-day intensive studio workshop is to explore ideas about the non-narrative concepts, fictions, non-fictions and nonlinear storytelling.
With this each participant will finish the workshop with a physical draft dummy which could be developed further. This workshop is a post digital processing. We will be working hands-on manual editing, sequencing, and building visual experiences and visual language structures toward a nonnarrative book.
Day 1: Participants will bring in three copies of 50 photographs (affordably printed). Participants will use these photographs for experiments, drafting and exercises on nonnarrative structures.
Day 2: After the first day’s exercises, you will have an edit of about 20 to 30 photographs. It’s from here that we will explore deeper structures and conclude with a physical dummy.
Eliot Engelmaier is a visual artist currently splitting time between New York and Florida, USA, and Lugano, Switzerland. Their work explores various aspects of the human condition, philosophies of the self, and the ways in which the outward presentation of identity affects the former. Eliot has their BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design.
Colin Stearns started Nonlinearbooks, a publishing experiment dedicated to advancing the form, function, and language of the photobook. Nonlinearbooks is also dedicated to supporting not only underrepresented concepts but specifically underrepresented photobook makers. Stearns is an Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons where he teaches photobooks.
Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: 200 euro
An evening with Mark Steinmetz and Brad Feuerhelm
Tuesday 20 September 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Please join us as we welcome acclaimed photographer and educator, Mark Steinmetz to Bildband Berlin.
“What differentiates Mark Steinmetz’s photographs from that of his contemporaries is the exceptional and elusive capacity to make images that are beautiful, but also compassionate. Within his images abounds a magnitude for concern that is not easily captured and when I mention the word concern, I do not mean it in the “concerned photographer” sense, I mean it in the everyday sense. Mark’s ability to read the terrain and wander carefully, but with the glory of all heartfelt and ethical concern for his subjects makes his work humane and of a quality that predicts an overt and beautifully calculated intent within his photographs. Steinmetz has made photographs from many different parts of the world and though most of his work is exemplified by his work in America, Italy and Paris have also provided a backdrop for his photographic journeys. Mark is consistent in his ability to read the terrain with humble and adept inquiry and this consistency is manifest in his books which demarcate whichever locality he hones in on. This is of particular interest when he turns his attentions towards the urban environment, particularly a foreign environment loaded with history.
Berlin is a city of ever-present ghosts. It is a city’s whose recent history overshadows and hangs heavily creating an indentured melancholia in which its citizens amble and toil under the gravity imposed on them from brooding grey skies and fragmented totems of history spread throughout the urban environment and yet it also offers a prodigious capacity for hope, renunciation and reconstruction. It was once said that one ventures to the city of Berlin to be lost and perhaps, just perhaps it is now that one ventures to Berlin in order to be found. Berlin is a city of opposition and progress because of its very historical fabric. One can glean the need for closeness within its streets and brick layered buildings and its historical echoes.” – Brad Feuerhelm on Mark Steinmetz
Book signing with Kovi Konowiecki
Thursday 14 July 2022 18:00 – 21:00
Here we are confronted with the geographical and emotional margins of society and the mind: the external and internal boundaries that inhibit both human movement and human potential. The photographs portray individuals and communities that exist in a liminal space between belonging and abandonment, many of which exert feelings of desolation.
But what might seem on the surface political is made intensely personal through Konowiecki’s purposeful reliance on emotional connections in the pictures rather than specific relationships of place or subject. As he says, this work comes as a “happy accident, inspired by the frequent travels that nourished a sharp eye for the liminal types of communities to which I am drawn: people I have met in my wanderings, passersby in the street, a horse trained in a small Arab village, and untended gardens.”
The “unscripted” nature of the work has an impact on the form of the book, in particular in the variety of genres and colors, from landscape photography to portraiture and from black and white to color. The various forms of expression serve as ways to materialize the ideas at the core of the project and to break down barriers or restrictions within the photographic medium.”
Analogue Bookmaking Workshop with Tomasz Laczny
Saturday and Sunday 25-26 June 2022
The aim of this 2 day intensive studio workshop is to explore ideas about photobooks and create draft of handmade photobook dummy. We will be focusing on the following aspects of book making: editing, sequencing, designing, bookbinding.
Participants are required to send by email about 20-30 pictures as well as text describing their project. Before the workshop the project will be discussed to find the best design solution for developing it later. The aim is that each participant will finish the workshop with a physical draft dummy which could be developed further. We will also cover some technical aspects of making books with some practical exercises. This is an all-analogue workshop so participants are required to bring a set of images in 3 different sizes which will be used for editing as well as developing a dummy. Participants will be asked to bring their own tools.
Cost: 250 euro
Number of participants: max 9
To read more information and sign up visit https://www.tomasz-laczny.com/photbookmaking-workshop-berlin
Nikita Teryoshin “Animal Escape Plan” Zine Release
Thursday 19 May 19:00 – 21:00
Alec Soth at MACK Berlin / Bildband
Wednesday 4 May 2022 17:00–21:00
We are excited to announce a special evening with Alec Soth in Berlin, celebrating his remarkable career and the significant books at the heart of his practice.
This will also be the first opportunity to see Gathered Leaves Annotated, which collects every page from five of Soth’s most famous books overlaid with intimate hand-written annotations, notes, and supplementary images.
Please join us for the chance to learn more about the work of Alec Soth and to meet the artist in person. It will also be a chance to browse recent MACK titles including those with Stephen Shore, Justine Kurland, Thomas Demand, Wendy Ewald, Paul Graham, Jess T. Dugan, and Gerry Johansson.
Alec Soth will give a short introductory talk at 7 p.m.
‘There are other words for Soth’s strategy – poetry, for one, or punk. Nothing is harder than making it look easy.’ David O’Neill, Bookforum
Tickets allow entry during the given time slot. From 18:00 onwards, books bought in the store will be able to be signed by Alec. Anyone wishing to sign books bought elsewhere, please come between 17:00 – 18:00.
10 Years dienacht Celebration & Pop-up Exhibition
7 April 2022 7PM – 9PM
Bildband is thrilled to host dienacht Publishing on April 7 for a book presentation and signing from 19:00-21:00. Artist, Dinaya Waeyaert will present her book “Come Closer” and have an artist talk at 19:30. The evening will include a pop-up exhibition by dienacht artists! Prints, books and special editions will be available for purchase.
Artists showing work in the pop-up exhibition include Josh Kern, Sergiy Lebedynskyy, Katarzyna Mazur and Dinaya Waeyaert.
“Come Closer is about my love for a woman, her name is Paola. We fell in love four years ago. Ever since, I have felt the urge to photograph her every day. As part of this series you will find mostly colour and black-and-white 35mm pictures accompanied by polaroids, notes and contact sheets, but it also features videos. The work feels like an intimate conversation between her and me. I am an observer trying to grasp every playful moment, every moment of connection.” – Dinaya Waeyaert
dienacht Publishing is an independent photobook publisher from Leipzig, whose aim is to showcase carefully selected photographers through a limited circulation of beautifully produced books. “die Nacht” means “night” and we do seek everything hidden, shadowed, underground. In order to shed light and turn it into a photobook.
Sirkhane DARKROOM – i saw the air fly
25th August – 14th September 2021
In Southeastern Turkey, just kilometres from the Syrian border, is Sirkhane: a mobile darkroom which travels from village to village teaching children how to shoot, develop, and print their own photographs. Led by Serbest Salih, a young photographer and Syrian refugee, the darkroom is founded on a fundamental belief in photography as a universal and therapeutic language, and encourages children living in the area — many of whom are themselves refugees from Syria and Iraq — to experiment with the medium as both a form of play and a means of understanding the world around them.
We are proud to host this exhibition of prints made by the children themselves, sent straight to us from Serbest in Turkey.
Miron Zownir – Romania Raw
2nd – 31st October 2020
We are proud to host Miron Zownir again, this time as part of the European Month of Photography 2020, and together with Pogo Books – presenting his new work ‘Romania Raw’
This beautiful Riso print limited edition of 120 is made entirely in-house by Pogo Books in Berlin
Sebastian Wells – Utopia
19th January – 27th February 2019
In his project Utopia, Wells examines the global phenomenon of refugee camps as permanent temporary measures – as large as a city and providing a universal humanitarian order and control. The work took him to seven countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Fred Hüning – Two Mothers
12th March – 12th April 2018
With ‘Two Mothers’ Fred Hüning continues the family story of his book ‘One Circle’. His mother has been living alone since husband’s death, many years ago. He and his wife has to cope with the daily household routines and his son, who is now ten years old. These are the themes of the new trilogy ‘Two Mothers’.
‘Two Mothers’ was published in 2017 by Peperoni Books.
Patricia Morosan – Sun Stands Still
18th December – 11th January 2018
The images in the photo series ‘Sun Stands Still’ were shot during the years 2015/16, while traveling through my home country of Romania, as well as through Poland, Portugal and Germany. But the concrete places dissolve in this work and they become my own personal metaphorical space. (Patricia Morosan)
Patricia Morosan studied Film and Art History in Bucharest and Berlin, and Photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie und Gestaltung in Berlin.
‘Sun Stands Still’ was published in November 2017 by ‘die nacht’ publishing.
Jens Olof Lasthein – Meanwhile Across The Mountain
October 30th – November 30th 2017
Meanwhile Across The Mountain is Jens Olof Lasthein’s new book about his travels in the Caucasus.
Well-known in the Soviet time as the land of wine and pomegranates, clean mountain air and sunny beaches the Caucasian republics today are often separated by barbed wire and suspicion as the result of decades of wars and unresolved conflicts, creating a region of tensions.
Piotr Zbierski – Push The Sky Away
June 17th – July 29th 2017
Piotr Zbierski’s work focuses on the common threads of human existence; emotions, behaviour and ritual, shared across all cultures.
Piotr Zbierski studied at the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. He was awarded the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award in 2012, was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 and chosen to be part of Regeneration3 at the Musée de l’Elysée in 2015.
‘Push The Sky Away’ was published by Dewi Lewis and André Frère Editions in 2016
Matt Eich – Carry Me Ohio
May 15th – June 14th 2017
‘Carry Me Ohio’, published by Sturm & Drang in 2016, is a soulful and haunting homage to the rural America where Matt Eich has lived for the last decade.
Martin Bogren – Italia
February 20th – March 22nd 2017
A lyrical and timeless black and white photo-essay photographed on his travels in Italy from 2013-2015.
Martin Bogren’s work is widely exhibited and he has published several monographs; his books ‘Ocean’ and ‘Tractor Boys’ became instant classics in recent photobook history.
Martin Bogren is based in Malmö, in 2013 he joined Galerie VU´ in Paris.
Birte Kaufmann – The Travellers
January 16th – February 15th 2017
In 2011 Birte Kaufmann cautiously began to make contact with the travelling community in Ireland, earning their trust and on some occasions living with them. For her portrayal of this unknown world, she needed to be in close contact with the families in order to capture their particular character and to avoid the usual stereotypes. Birte Kaufmann’s combination of reportage and documentary photography offers impressive insights into an extraordinary world.
In 2016 Kettler Verlag published the book ‘The Travellers’.
A limited, numbered and signed special edition, including a print, was published as well. The last copies will be available here!
Birte Kaufmann has been a member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie since 2016.
Olaf Unverzart – Immer dieser Zirkus
December 10th 2016 – January 11th 2017
We are proud to present an exhibition of prints from Unverzart’s books showing the range of different styles and the unique language that has brought the Munich based photographer international recognition.
From his early works and his famous ‘Alps’ to the new photobook ‘Hundert’ that records one year in life of his grandmother.
Olaf Unverzart has twice won the German photobook prize and in 2010 and 2016 the gold LEAD Award.
In the last 15 years Olaf Unverzart has published 7 photobooks and held numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Werner Mahler – Fans
October 29th – December 7th 2016
A great study of youth culture in the GDR – 1980-85
Werner Mahler, leading photographer and one of the founders and directors of the Ostkreuz Photo Agency – his lyrical documentations have become icons of German photography.
Manfred Paul – Nature Morte
August 1st – August 31st 2016
Still lifes from ordinary objects in East Berlin, 1983 to 1985 – Chronicler of Prenzlauer Berg history, Manfred Paul has been an important figure in Berlin’s photo scene for more than thirty years.
Tina Bara – Lange Weile
June 27th – July 27th 2016
Photography and autobiography in East Berlin 1983-1989
Tina Bara’s early black+white photography in a book designed like a film script – a melancholic counterpoint to the political culture of the GDR
Misha Pedan – The End of La Belle Époque
April 11th – May 4th 2016
We at Bildband are very proud to host Misha Pedan, one of the shining lights of Soviet and Ukrainian photography, and launch his new book, The End of La Belle Époque.
The book brings together his pictures from Kharkiv, Ukraine in the late 80’s, the last days of the Soviet Union. We will have an exhibition of pictures from this book, and also from Metro – Pedan’s previous book, scenes from the Kharkiv metro in the 1980s.
Katarzyna Mazur – Anna Konda
January 11th – February 11th 2016
In 2010, female fighters Anna Konda and Red Devil founded the Female Fight Club Berlin. This private and unique Club appeared as revival of female wrestling – tradition that dates back to Berlin of the Golden Twenties, when it was fairly popular. Nowadays, competitions take place in a rented room located in Berlin – Marzahn. The club is open for women of all age and weight. The fights follow no official guidelines, have no standard categories and do not demand any fighting style. It is all about challenging one’s mind and the mind of an opponent. This is where fighters meet as equals, where the most important tool they use is strength and willpower.
Anton Podstraský – Lost Poet
December 7th 2015 – January 6th 2016
Recently discovered master of street photography from behind the Iron Curtain.
Beautifully observed scenes from Slovakia in the 1960’s and ’70s.
René Groebli – Early Work
October 26th – December 4th 2015
Today Rene Groebli is well known as one of the most important Swiss photographers.
His work from1945-55 is key in seeing and understanding the development of European photography, through his Modernist techniques and his own timeless vision.
With ‘Early Work’, the Zurich based publisher ‘Sturm & Drang’ presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of the images that Rene Groebli produced between 1945 and 1955, including many of his well-known images, and many published for the first time.
Kirill Golovchenko – Bitter Honeydew
October 5th – October 22nd 2015
In the summer months, little markets rise up along the Ukrainian highways that usually consist of individual, simply made fruit and vegetable stands. Some of the vendors stay overnight, putting up tents or small wooden shacks, or they live with their families in trailers. Their nighttime labours are the subject of the book ‘Bitter Honeydew’ – Kehrer Verlag, 2015
Not only the locals set up their stands on the side of the road. During the warm season, vendors also flock here from the margins of the former Soviet Union, from Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. They all bring different customs and traditions with them, forming a microcosm in which diverse personalities are united by a single pursuit: making money in order to raise their standard of living, or simply to escape hunger. In emphatic portraits, Bitter Honeydew documents the street vendors’ daily struggle for survival.
The series was awarded the Abisag-Tüllmann-Prize in 2013 and the European Publishers Award in 2014.
Shilo Group – Chronicle
September 5th – September 11th 2015
The book “Chronicle” features the photographs taken between 2010 and 2015 in the Ukraine. Arranged in chronological sequence the chapters of the book equally are a reaction to changes in our lives as well as their documentation. Front-line Kharkiv, revolutionary Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, shown in “Chronicle”, are the scenes of actions that will determine the future of Ukraine and, of course, the whole of Europe.’
Calin Kruse – Die Nacht Publishing
“We were taught in school that we were born in the best country and that we were sure to get the victory over everybody else. In a little while the country seized to exist. It is believed that the 90s were a time of changes and cataclysms, but for us it has all started just now.”
Photographs by Sergiy Lebedynskyy and Vladyslav Krasnoshchok (Shilo Group).
Alisa Resnik – Berlin/Moscow
May 25th – June 20th 2015
Alisa Resnik (b. 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia) moved to Berlin, Germany, in 1990. After studying Art History in Berlin and Bologna she began photographing in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in Rome, Milan, Madrid and at the Rencontres d’Arles, selected among the PhotoEspaña 2009 Descubrimientos and among the new talents at the Musée Suisse de l’appareil Photographique in Vevey. She received awards by Winephoto Contest in 2008 and 2009.
In her photo series, Alisa Resnik combines images mainly taken at night in Berlin. Leaden-colored scenes, greasy spoon cafés, echoed empty halls, old hotel rooms still holding on to a subtle feeling of the past, and people’s faces… Hurried glances, small awkward gestures, hands searching for support, grief or harshness in the corner of an eye.
Yana Wernicke – Irrlicht
January 10th – February 8th 2015
Wernicke`s graduate work at Ostkreuz Photo School was an investigation into Sorb culture, a Slavic minority in south-east Germany.
This self published limited edition book, includes all the pictures from the exhibition, a strong first book from an interesting young photographer.
“Irrlicht” is a series about a place somewhere between reality and fiction. A place where Sorbian rites and traditions still exist and where their myths and legends find a new life altogether“.