About the Book
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.
Features & Details
Leslie Hossack is an award-winning Canadian photographer whose work has been exhibited across Canada. Focusing on the monumental events of the mid 20th century, she has completed major studies of iconic architecture in Vancouver 2008-2011 & 2013-2014, Paris 2009, Berlin 2010, Jerusalem 2011, Moscow 2012, Kosovo 2013 and London 2014. Three of these series explored: Hitler's Berlin, Stalin's Moscow and Churchill's London. In 2015 she traveled to the landing beaches in Normandy to follow the Allies ashore, and in 2016 she traced the conflicted events of the 20th century to Freud's pre-war Vienna. Closer to home, Hossack's exhibition FALLOUT presented photographs of The Diefenbunker, Canada's flagship Cold War bunker, while REGISTERED examined the Japanese Canadian experience during WW II. Work form her deployment to Kosovo with the Canadian Forces Artists Program was featured in her book TESTAMENT. Her other books include BERLIN STUDIEN, REGISTERED, CHARTING CHURCHILL and H-Hour.