A New View of Architectural Photography from the National Museums in BerlinThe Art Library is reopening its newly reconstructed Kaisersaal (Emperor's Hall) at the Museum of Photography with a show of hidden treasures of architectural photography from the collections of the National Museums. Nearly all of the individual museums have acquired since some 150 years photographs. The genre of architectural photography is especially prominent represented. It was collected for the purpose of documenting ethnological and archeological expeditions, to archive architectural monuments or as an art form in its own right. An impressive panorama of the most diverse architectural motifs unfolds, ranging from the beginnings of photography to today: to mention but a few, there are images of bamboo huts from the Ethnological Museum, of temples from the Egyptian Museum, of Indian mosques from the Museum of Asian A...
Reiner Leist : WindowFor more than ten years, Reiner Leist has been taking pictures of metropolitan life through the window of his New York office building on 8th Avenue, using his 19th century full plate camera. He took pictures each day he was in New York, whenever he found the time, at every time of day, in all weathers and every position of the sun. The resulting bulk of around 2,200 photographs documents both the every-day life and change of Manhattan and the world-historic event of the destruction of the World Trade Center. The ever-changing view through the office window onto the city lends the images a rich diversity which keeps inviting fresh comparisons.
For his exhibition in the Kaisersaal at the Museum für Fotografie (Museum for Photography), Leist has developed a large installation with illuminated boxes. These present the e...