Abstract Views of Berlin – Jan Herdlicka

Abstract Views of Berlin – Jan Herdlicka

One of the photographers of our recent WE ARE BERLIN exhibition has just announced the release of his new book which will come out on December 14th 2014 and we thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about it considering it would make an excellent Christmas gift for every Berlin lover. At our exhibition Jan Herdlicka contributed one work of his subway door series but his book is taking another, more abstract course. He combined all of his more melancholic black and white photos, contrastic scenes of nature with the harsh geometry of subway stations and sky rises. We’ve selected some of his works as a little preview for you to get an impression. With this series he is capturing different architectural landmarks of the city, but layering them on top of each other with other buildings and coulds by multiple exposure thus creating dramatic and sinister looking collages. Enjoy the photo series after the jump.

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Berlin Wonderland Book

Berlin Wonderland Book

photo: Hilmar Schmundt/bobsairpor

If you want to get a little bit nostalgic and remember the good old times of this beloved city than there’s nothing better than visiting a photography exhibition featuring the analog highlights of the past. Around the fall of the wall Berlin was really a mysterious wonderland for both sides of the German population. A place where you could jump naked in a pool at night, meet crocodile-transvestites on the street and bungee jump at Brandenburger Tor. Everything seemed possible with the lowest of efforts. The empty houses and bumby streets were not perceived as a depressing background but more as a diorama of multiple possibilities. Collected from several photographers the curator Anke Fesel and Chris Keller choose over 200 pictures all around the first years of the 90s. The result is a coffe table book full of good old memories.

More photos from the book Berlin Wonderland after the jump.

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The Photo Book Trauerweide by Eylül Aslan

The Photo Book Trauerweide by Eylül Aslan

In the times of Instragram everybody seems to call himself a photographer. Luckily, there are enough talented people out there proving that photography is more than taking a selfie with a vintage filter. One of these exceptional talents is the Turkish born and now Berlin-based Eylül Aslan. Her sensual, strangely provocative and unusual photos make you immerge into a twisted fairytale world. Rarely you will see the face of the photographed subject and more often your imagination is left with nothing more than a shadow or a silhouette as a fertile ground for your fantasy to run off. For a full immersion into her enigmatic world we are recommending to buy her recently published book “Trauerweide”. More photos from Eylül’s book after the jump.

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Lucky Thursday: Win BEARDS Book

Lucky Thursday: Win BEARDS Book

photo: Patrick Mettraux

If you walk around in Berlin with open eyes and with a bit of attention towards the male sex you might have noticed: People love beards here. And it’s not just a hipster thing like in many other big cities. Here in Berlin a man needs a beard, the bigger the better. Girls love, boys love it and can’t have enough of it.

I personally think that every man looks better with a beard. Certainly there are men who look amazing without it too, but surely will look even better with some facial hair. I guess it’s no coincedent that the core I HEART BERLIN team of Claudio, Devid and myself sport a beard as well. And it’s no coincedent either, that one of our favorite series on the blog is the Beard Monologues by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm.

So with all this beard loving it was about time that someone wrote a book about it. Apparently this is what a good friend and work mate of mine thought. Together with author Kevin Clarke he compiled a great compendium of manly beards with lots of photos and texts about the history of facial hair, the styles in different cultures and it’s meaning and appearance in pop culture and fashion. The book was released by Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder and has the spot-on title BEARDS – An Unshaved History. You can win a copy now on our Lucky Thursday! They also have their own dedicated beard lover Facebook page – make sure to follow.

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Berlin Goods: Pieces of Berlin Book

Berlin Goods: Pieces of Berlin Book

Pieces of Berlin is one of the truely unique and charming fellow Berlin blogs that has been around since 2009 now. Photographer Florian Reischauer captures the people and places of this city in a very understated and modest way showing ordinary people instead of fashionable hipsters and ordinary places instead of fancy shops and cool clubs. With this he manages to give Berlin a very natural and approachable look, far away from the gloss and hype it so often appears to have.

With the success of the blog it was a logical choice for Florian to turn it into a photobook – the result is a beautiful compilation of his work of the past 4 years. The crowdfunded product comes in a 208 page limited hard cover edition of 1000 copies for only 27 EUR and really looks amazing. A perfect Berlin gift and a true gem in our Berlin Goods series. After the jump you’ll find some of my favorite photos from the Pieces of Berlin blog and a preview of the book.

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The Lost Explorer by Tim Walker

Lost Explorer - Tim Walker

photos: The Lost Explorer by Tim Walker, published by teNeues

Fashion photographer Tim Walker recently shot his first short movie The Lost Explorer. The movie has not yet been released in Germany, but a recently published book gives insight into this exiting project. Read more about it after the jump.

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The most popular Couchsurfer

After spending 90 nights in 90 different beds and writing a book about it Christine Neder could now probably write a follow-up called 90 days and 90 promotional appointments. Right now you here her on every radio station and even on TV speaking about her experience as an extreme couch surfer.

Her book 90 Nächte, 90 Betten has just been released and can be ordered online here. When I received my press copy a while ago and read the chapter about the night she spend at my place I honestly blushed a little bit. I was pretty surprised about her impression and thoughts about the night.

On April 1 she will have a reading here in Berlin. After the jump you can learn more about it.

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LesMads Book Release

LesMads

The release party of the new book Modestrecke written by the girls who founded Germany’s biggest fashion blog LesMads was of course an absolut must on my list of events during Berlin Fashion Week. As Saturday was my day for showrooms and pop-up shops (which there were plenty of) I only made it to the final 15 minutes of the event. But that was enough to congratulate the charming ladies Julia Knolle and Jessica Weiß, meet the lovely Schnati for the first time and purchase my signed copy of the book. Impressions of the release party after the jump.

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The Make Believe Book

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Johan Potma

This Saturday Friedrichshain-based artists Johan Potma and Mateo Dineen are inviting everyone to join their book release party at the Zozoville Gallery. Make Believe is their first publication in the shape of a book and it’s released by Onkel&Onkel. I have been following the two artists on iHeart now since this blog exists and I love their little monsters like on the first day. Read an early interview with Mateo here. A preview of the book, their new calendar and details to the release party right after the jump. Both the book and the calendar can be pre-ordered here.

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Taschen Store Berlin

Taschen Store Berlin

A few weeks ago I was awaken by a load thump coming from the living room. When I went over I saw in terror that my original signed copy of the Heaven and Hell book by David LaChapelle had fallen off my shelf and broken apart. You heard right, the book is so heavy that it broke apart on its impact. The outer box is totally trashed and the book inside has some dents and bruises now. Did I mention it was a signed copy? I think I did…

Anyways, the Warehouse Sale that will start tomorrow and will go through Saturday here at the newly opened Taschen Store at Friedrichsstrasse gives me hope of at least getting another intact box. After the jump you’ll find the details and a juicy picture of Benedikt Taschen posing with the Big Penis Book at the big opening party a few weeks ago.

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