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 – thanks to them, Miron, everyone who made it to the opening.
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“.