Taking Stock of Power

An Other View of the Berlin Wall

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Taking Stock of Power
An Other View of the Berlin Wall

Text(s) by Greg Bond, Olaf Briese, Florian Ebner, Matthias Flügge, Annett Gröschner, Arwed Messmer, ed. Arwed Messmer, Annett Gröschner, graphic design by Carsten Eisfeld

German, English

2016. 1328 pp., 1627 ills.

hardcover, 2 volumes, banderole

21.60 x 30.20 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4095-1

The new, two-volume, expanded edition of the much-reviewed book The Other View

In our collective memory, the Berlin Wall is a monolithic concrete barrier, but back in 1966 it was a motley ensemble of the walls of buildings, concrete and cement slabs, and barbed-wire mesh. Photographer Arwed Messmer and author Annett Gröschner have embarked on a long-term project on this “early Berlin Wall,” based on thousands of historical photographs taken by East German border troops. Their first award-winning book presented the inner-city border strip. In 2012 they came across another extensive collection of hitherto unknown photographs. In a new two-volume edition with around seven hundred panoramas compiled from three thousand single images, Messmer and Gröschner now present the entire circumference of the Wall around West Berlin. The panoramas are supplemented by additional material from the German Federal Archives. This completes a project of “documentary empathy” (Florian Ebner), which photo critic Gerry Badger saw as “transforming the interpretation of historical facts into a work of art in a creative act.”

Exhibition: Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, 27.5.–21.8.2016

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