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Kreuzberg – Amerika / Total Records

Kreuzberg–Amerika . Workshop for Photography 1976–1986

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Werkstatt für Photographie, Museum Folkwang, Essen, C/O Berlin, and Sprengel Museum Hanover are presen- ting a cooperative exhibition project, which explores the Werkstatt as a concrete focal point of crystallization and can possibly be viewed as the metaphorical location for the emergence of photography starting in the mid-1970s. In the three-part exhibition project, the pretext and history, influences and effects of the Werkstatt founded in 1976 by Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt at the adult education center in Kreuzberg are being presented in an intercity cooperation. In the midst of the Cold War, the Werkstatt initiated an artistic “airlift” to the United States, a democratic field of experimentation beyond the realm of traditional education and political-institutional standards. The exhibition project presents a multi-perspective story of German photography in the 1970s and 1980s. It describes its international ties, its protagonists, and its networks from a variety of perspec- tives, thereby adding yet another, previously largely neglected chapter to the written historical record. C/O Berlin is working in his contribution Kreuzberg–Amerika on the history of the Werkstatt für Photographie from 1976–1986.

Total Records . Vinyl & Photography

Without its cover a record would be nothing but a nameless, interchangeable black vinyl disc. The creative synergy between the two has made vinyl records and photography emblematic media of the twentieth century. Internationally renowned photographers and artists are behind many of the iconic album covers of pop history. They have created images that remain deeply inscribed in our collective memory, for example Robert Frank for The Rolling Stones, Annie Leibovitz for Cyndi Lauper, Irving Penn for Miles Davis, or Nobuyoshi Araki for Björk. C/O Berlin will be presenting Total Records for the first time in Germany. The exhibition was compiled by Antoine de Beaupré, Serge Vincendet, and Sam Stourdzé. It comprises around 400 both classic and lesser-known album covers that chronicle the multifaceted interplay between photography and music from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Preview photo: David von Becker