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.”
Order your copy of “Metropolia” here.
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.
Pre-Order your copy of Boyhood: Expanded Edition here.
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 email@example.com
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.
Tickets can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alec-soth-at-mack-berlin-bildband-tickets-324151374487
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
Michael Wolf – Cheung Chau Sunrises
4th March – 2nd April 2019
From his home on Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau shore, Wolf has been photographing sunrises for the past two years, from 5:30am to 7:30am each morning. The fascinating shots of these timeless and as well transient natural spectacles, appear as a contrast to the previous work of Michael Wolf, which addressed the lack of space and the adaptation to economic conditions in large cities. In the context of his socio-critical work, Wolfs Discovery of Heaven and the Horizon is to be understood as a draft of freedom, in a place that is synonymous with extreme working and living conditions.
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.
Valery Faminsky – Berlin V.1945
12th May – 12th July 2018
Valery Faminsky, photographer in the Red Army, documented from April to August 1945 the care of wounded soldiers in Berlin for the medical authorities.
In addition to this work, he also made many impressive shots of the destroyed city, their population and the everyday life of the Russian troops. Owing to his army accreditation, Faminsky could move freely in the city, becomes a real eyewitness. His personal and humanistic view distinguishes his photographs from most other staged propaganda pictures of the first postwar weeks in Berlin.
At the beginning of August 1945, Faminsky was demobilised and returned to Moscow. Faminsky’s pictures from Berlin were neither reprinted nor issued and remained unknown, until the Moscow photographer Arthur Bondar discovered the pictures and acquired the archive in 2016. He very quickly recognised the unique historical significance and the quality of Valery Faminsky’s work and published a book of Faminsky’s pictures in 2017.
Bildband Berlin and Arthur Bondar are proud to show Valery Faminsky’s photographs here in Berlin, where they originated exactly 73 years ago, for the first time.
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“.