Category: Photography

Look Inside: Behind The Scenes at BER

[caption id="attachment_4448" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] BER: Check-In Desks In The Main Terminal Building[/caption] Mired in controversy, Berlin's International Airport remains unfinished, more than five years after its planned opening. An absurd saga complete with malpractice, staggering incompetence, bribery, whistleblowing and organisational myopia.  As construction continues some 18 kilometres south of Berlin's city centre, and the losses mount (with at least €1m bleeding away per day on a project currently more than €2.5bn over its initial budget)  - we've gathered this photo gallery from a recent behind the scenes private guided tour of Berlin's most problematic building site - the fiasco Flughafen. [caption id="attachment_4449" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] BER: Inside The Main Terminal Building[/caption] After nearly 15 years of planning, construction work for the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) finally began on 5th September 2006. It was initially intended to replace both Schönefeld and Tegel airport to become the single central airport for the German capital. Although a recent decision…

The City At Night: The Berliner Philharmonie

[caption id="attachment_4436" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Berliner Philharmonie Full[/caption] As the days continue to get shorter and we hurtle towards the Winter Solstice (December 21st), its time to whip out that camera and own the night. The hush of empty streets, the crisp cold air and the enchanting glow of electrical light framing the structures of the city. There is something inherently calming about photography at night. One of the most striking opportunities for sans-sun shooting in Berlin lies close to Postdamer Platz, in the former Cold War West of the city – the Berliner Philharmonie. [caption id="attachment_4437" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Berliner Philharmonie Side Detail One[/caption] Designed by Hans Scharoun, the Berliner Philharmonie was completed in 1963 to replace the original venue, destroyed in 1944 during a British air raid. Comprised of two large concert halls (the smaller of the two added in the 1980s), the Philharmonie has a combined capacity of 3,620. It is located on Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße -…

The German 9/11 – the ‘Day of Fate’

On a crisp autumn evening in 2014, I stood overlooking the path the Berlin Wall once traced as it wound around the British, French and US occupation zones of West Berlin like a concrete lariat. Breaking with precedent established at previous muted celebrations, the German government had decided to organise a unique spectacle to mark the 25th anniverary of the sudden & unexpected redundancy of the world's most famous wall. [caption id="attachment_4283" align="alignleft" width="300"] Berlin Wall Lichtgrenze, 2014[/caption] On 9th November 2014, thousands of illuminated balloons on slender stands, stood equal height as the former internal barrier of the German Democratic Republic, lined a 15km route through Berlin, passing the site of the main ceremony at the Brandenburg Gate. Following perfomances by Peter Gabriel and Udo Lindenberg, and to the strained tones of a rendition of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the balloons were released one-by-one to soar into the night-sky. Like…

Berlin’s Days of Jewish Culture

Considering the history of Berlin's jewish community in its totality, it would be no great feat to conclude that persecution and catastrophe have served as recurring themes. Although the first jewish grave in this region dates from 1244 in nearby Spandau (embedded in the wall of the Citadel), the first mention of jews in Berlin's city documents is in an ordinance enacted on October 28th 1295 forbidding wool merchants from selling yarn to jews. [caption id="attachment_4257" align="alignright" width="300"] The 'court jew' Lippold is executed, 1571[/caption] This act of institutionalised discrimination was to set the tone for future treatment of the jewish community, routinely blamed for failed harvests, epidemics and accused of host desecration while numerous times over the next three centuries being expelled en masse. Following the death of Elector Joachim II in 1571, the jews of the city were expelled "for all time", their property plundered and confiscated and the…

Festival of Lights is back!

Get your cameras ready for the Festival of Lights! Berlin's legendary light show starts today. For the next ten nights many of the city's major landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower, glucophage online without prescription will be transformed into temporary canvases for various light displays. Photo: The Berliner Dom used to display work by the famous Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir.

The European Month of Photography Berlin finally starts today!

The European Month of Photography Berlin finally starts today! As part of the official opening weekend, Berlin's Museum for Photography is offering free admission to its exhibitions and current collection, until Sunday. Spread across the city in museums, glucophage for diabetes galleries, cultural spaces and embassies, EMOP Berlin is Germany's largest photography festival. For more information check: http://www.emop-berlin.eu/ and http://www.smb.museum/…/mu…/museum-fuer-fotografie/home.html Photo: Gordon Parks: Ingrid Bergman, Sromboli, Italy, 1949, Courtesy of and Copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation