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Metropolis, Berlin

PhotoNews highlights Wolff’s Metropolis series

Anna Gripp from PhotoNews points out Barbara Wolff’s Metropolis cycle from initial instagram-posts, to prints on Baryt paper, to the collection of 104 black and white photographs in the eponymous photo art book (12/20;1/21). What’s going to be next?

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ProfiFoto: Kristin Rappmund introduces new photo books

In the current issue of ProfiFoto, Kristin Rappmund presents the top 5 latest photo books (1-2/21). ‘Metropolis, Berlin’ takes the proud second place. Thank you!

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In their #FacesOfPhotography column, the team from fotogloria | büro für fotografische zusammenarbeit introduces the people behind the camera. Edda Fahrenhorst and Barbara Wolff spoke via zoom about photography, photo art books, travel memories and what it all has to do with the crisis year of 2020. Find the article here.

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taz Press Review by Gunda Schwantje

Eine schöne Rezension der renommierten Bildredakteurin Gunda Schwantje in der Weihnachtsausgabe der taz vom 24.12.2020 zum Nachlesen.

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Metropolis, Berlin: Black and white photographs of Berlin from 2018 to 2020

Originally posted on Instagram, the Berlin images of the Metropolis series are collected in a photography book and published by LUNIK BERLIN Verlag. With a foreword by Marc Barbey (German, English, French).

Wolff’s photographs are not about classic city views. They are about a subjective view of Berlin in the present time. The pictures tell of the inhabitants and their urban environment. Patterns of the city emerge, networks of relationships between people, architecture and (artificial) nature. The multi-layered levels of the photographs take the viewer on an emotional journey through the city. The focus resides in the transformation of the city, provocation and chaos. It is about secrets, as well as about visions. We visit train stations and Berlin’s bodies of water, graffiti walls and crowded shopping malls. But we also see the famous (empty) Berlin squares and stand in front of closed doors of techno clubs in the Corona year of 2020.
Berlin, not easy to describe with words, becomes a tense picture story in “Metropolis, Berlin”. For people interested in photography and Berlin-enthusiasts alike. For those who live in Berlin, as well as those to whom Berlin is a place of longing.

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Barbara Wolff

Barbara Wolff (*1951) grew up in the GDR and studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. She moved to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985. Until today she works as a freelancer for the Munich-based specialist camera manufacturer Linhof. Her freelance photographic work has been shown in Berlin (2017, 2020), Arles (2018), Vendome (2019), Geneva (2019) and Belém, (Brazil, 2019) and is represented in international collections. The photographer lives and works in Berlin.

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136 pages, 21 x 28 cm, 104 black and white photographs in triplex print,
thread stitching, hardcover with linen
ISBN 978-3-9822385-0-0

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A look into the book (extract)

Click on the picture to see an excerpt from Barbara Wolffs “Metropolis, Berlin” – enjoy browsing!

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Berlin, Alexanderplatz

Es sind die Bilder, die bleiben

Vernissage - Barbara Wolff

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From photo to book

This series is linked to Fritz Lang’s film with the same name, to the extent that it captures and offers a unique perspective on these structures and modes of transport and how “ordinary people” interact with them.
Marc Barbey

Barbara Wolff

Catalog: Es sind die Bilder, die bleiben

In February 2020, we organized an exhibition of Barbara Wolff’s photographic work in our new office space. You can find the exhibition catalogue here in digital form.