Saturday, 14 November 2009

Book review: Berlin Now

Edited by Dagmar von Taube
Published by teNeues

Published in the year of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this splendid volume is a must have for all the lovers of Berlin’s je ne sais quoi!

Edited by Dagmar von Taube, this stunning photographic portfolio presents about 300 images depicting Berlin’s troubled past and vibrant present. You will be taken onto an exciting journey through the places that make Berlin the dynamic metropolis that it has become and you will be introduced to the people who are at the centre of the capital’s fashion, art, business, cinema and political circles.

The pictures collected here are the product of some of the best photographers, including Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Peter Lindbergh. But this book is not just a feast for the eyes. An introduction by Imre Kertész, the Hungarian Nobel Prize-winning author, and a contribution by the German columnist Franz Josef Wagner, as well as by Dagmar von Taube herself are well written and each provides a different reading key to this collection.

Whether you are familiar with Berlin or not, you will find that this book is brimming with people and places that you will want to know more about.

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