Claim the city. This is the motto of this year’s Berlin Photo Week (BPW). A hybrid of a trade show and a city-wide art event, BPW 2021 runs in its third year August 26th – September 3rd.
Photo by: Jacob Felländer, Thomas Hoepker, Haubentaucher, BERLIN PHOTO WEEK
A three-day main program takes place at the Haubentaucher, a multipurpose events venue with exhibition spaces, restaurants, clubs, and a swimming pool in Berlin-Friedrichshain. In addition to booths and installations by major photography brands, on the program are workshops, photo tours, lectures, and even an opportunity to buy used, as well as latest new cameras. Also, what’s not to miss are exhibition openings by established and emerging photographers held at numerous galleries, museums, and other points of interest across the city.
There are many fun events on the program for both, professional and amateur photographers. For example, AnalogueNow, which is a community of analog photography enthusiasts in Berlin, is hosting events for beginners looking to get into analog photography, as well as some advanced workshops around darkroom techniques. FujiFilm Instax invites you to experience the instant technology. At the venue, you can also rent the newest camera models and try them out in the field.
Photo by: George Hoyningen-Huene, Balenciaga, 1938
Photo by: George Hoyningen-Huene, Greta Garbo, 1955
Photo by: Thomas Hoepker, Children playing at the Western side of the Berlin wall, West-Berlin, Germany, 1963
Photo by: Heinz Hajek-Halke, Die üble Nachrede, 1932
Photo by: Bruce Gilden, Terry, Des Moines, Iowas
The art component of the festival is equally mind-blowing. A key highlight is the first major solo show of George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968), known for his mastery of light and shadow and models’ posing as Greek sculptures. His works are on view at the Grisebach art space (through 25th of September).Huene was a principal chronicler within the intertwined worlds of art, fashion, design, film, and high society. The exhibition explores his contribution to fashion magazines, where Huene worked with the top models of that time, like Lisa Fonssagrives, Toto Koopman, the German model Agneta Fischer and the American Lee Miller. He was favored by designers – Balenciaga, Chanel, Lanvin, Schiaparelli and Vionnet, and became a specialist in chic studies of beachwear. Exhibited is also Huene’s portraiture. He approached each celebrity sitting anew, striving to record the unique characteristics of Hollywood idols, including Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong in the 1930s, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn in the 1940s, Greta Garbo in the 1950s, and Ava Gardner in the 1960s.
Another highlight on the BPW’s program is the exhibition “Heinz Hajek-Halke: Experiment” at Chaussee 36 (through 25th of September). It gives an insight into artist’s multi-layered experimental work. On display is a selection of exquisite vintage prints.
Craving something different? Artist Jacob Felländer is known for his abstract, multiple-exposure cityscapes and pioneering work in virtual reality. Visitors to Haubentaucher can experience The Great Escape, which partly takes place in a 3D-universe based on the artist’s photographic art. It also allows users to create their own images using Felländer’s unique multiple-exposure method.
BPW festival program will close with the opening of “Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: Healed to Pieces” at the Jewish Museum. Known for over forty years of photographic storytelling of Jewish diaspora, Brenner’s new photographic essay explores Berlin as stage for a vast spectrum of expressions and performances of Jewishness. He offers a fresh view on issues and people in and around the Jewish-German history, portraying Berlin individuals in all sorts of surroundings.
A BPW day ticket costs 15€ and includes access to the main event location Haubentaucher; the Michael Agel exhibition at Cassiopeia; the Bruce Gilden Show at Haubentaucher; as well as all lectures at the BPW Conference. You might have to buy separate tickets to access exhibitions located off-site. Workshops are priced separately.