BERLIN STUDIEN – fine art photography book

by Leslie Hossack

BERLIN STUDIEN  selected as finalist in Photography Book Now 2011 International Juried Competition

BERLIN STUDIEN was selected for People’s Choice voting and will go on to the final round of the Photography Book Now 2011 competition judging. This year, more than 2,000 books were submitted.

To vote for your favorite book by August 30, please visit:

http://photographybooknow.blurb.com/peoples-choice/category/documentary

BERLIN STUDIEN, photographic studies of historic Berlin today, includes my photographs from Berlin which I have been posting on Haute Vitrine for the past few weeks. It also includes the images of my Studio 255 colleagues Barbara Bolton, Abigail Gossage and Patricia Wallace. Working with these three fabulous women, along with our coach Michael Tardioli, as I designed and edited this book was, as always, an absolute pleasure!

BERLIN STUDIEN, a photographic study of historic Berlin today, is a collection of sumptuous images exploring one of the world’s most infamous cities – Berlin, a city with a past. Berlin reveals its history as raw scars clearly visible at every turn. Like the city itself, this volume both delights and disturbs.

How do you commemorate Berlin’s past without memorializing madness and trivializing victims? Berliners, and anyone attempting to photograph their city, must try to come to terms with acknowledging the past, while at the same time not exploiting it. This challenge was taken up by four Canadian photographers: Barbara Bolton, Abigail Gossage, Leslie Hossack and Patricia Wallace. In 2010 they travelled to Berlin where they explored Nazi architecture, Holocaust history, Stasi relics, and the quieter side of life in the city today.

The result is a collection of photographs that are sensuous and seductive, stark and spectacular, understated and engaging. BERLIN STUDIEN acknowledges the city’s tragic past, while at the same time celebrating its current status as a vibrant world capital. This is an anthology of revealing images that are in turn dramatic, disturbing, gentle, monumental. They explore the diabolical and the humble, the past and the present, the famous and the forgotten. Above all, these are truthful images. They provide an honest examination of Berlin today, after centuries of conflict and recent reunification.

Each photograph in BERLIN STUDIEN is accompanied by a descriptive text created by the artist. This volume also features a foreword by Michael Tardioli and an essay by Michael Schreier.

© Leslie Hossack

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