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THE WIZARD OF THE LENSES: GERD DANIGEL´S PHOTOS OF BERLIN

Depending on whose philosophy you follow, photography is there either to preserve or to change the reality it captures. A regular street scene – the walking people, the cars that pass, a single silver wrapper carried by a gust of wind – can become a frozen frame documenting that moment or be expanded by an almost magic dimension that gives you, the onlooker, an inescapable feeling of being able to see in that image more than just the above.

Photography, like magic, is a trick with smoke and mirrors.

And it seems that the camera that Gerd Danigel uses – Danigel is an East Berlin photographer born in 1959 who began his career as the man behind the lenses at the age of 14 using a borrowed Penti 2 – is full of white rabbits and ribbons.

Here are several of his pictures of Berlin made between 1978 and 1998. ­

U-Bahnhof U2 Dimitroffstrasse (today Eberswalderstrasse)

U-Bahnhof U2 Dimitroffstrasse (designed by Alfred Grenander as Danziger Strasse, since 1991 known as Eberswalderstrasse)

Over the roofs of East Berlin

Over the roofs of East Berlin

A couple at the window: what kind of life do they have behind them and what kind of future before them?

A couple at the window: what kind of life do they have behind them and what kind of future before them?

A little cowboy in the East.

A little cowboy in the East.

Private sphere

Private sphere

Truman Show

Truman Show?

A Swan and The Puddle - sounds like a perfect name for a London pub (the scene captured on the Schlossbrücke with the old Palast Der Republik visible in the background)

A Swan and A Puddle – sounds like a perfect name for a London pub (the scene captured on the Schlossbrücke with the old Palast Der Republik visible in the background)

Chasing the white rabbit:-)

Chasing the white rabbit:-)

All images are © of Gerd Danigel.

 

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