Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About 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.
All images are © of Gerd Danigel.