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TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: MAX MISSMANN´S SAUSAGE SELLER

Berlin, Mitte - Sausage sales cart before the Stadtschloss (city palace), 1906 max missmann

Today one of our favourite old Berlin photos made by the excellent Berlin photographer Max Missmann in the Lustgarten next to the old Royal Palace. It shows a little travelling “Imbiss”: a sausage seller with his cart and a hungry client about to enjoy his snack.

What makes the image unique, however, is not so much the historic architecture it captured as the people and the light.

The sharp focus of the faces, the way some of the characters seem to be walking past in front of our eyes allows us to make a (perhaps surprising) discovery: this is not history we are looking at. It was their regular, everyday life. But those rays of light that Missmann managed to hold still in the photo render the scene an almost ethereal, fairytale quality that at the same time makes that life very special.

The people standing and walking past the sausage cart on that sunny day in what could have been May did not know how special it was. We do.

One comment on “TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: MAX MISSMANN´S SAUSAGE SELLER

  1. berlioz1935
    May 26, 2015

    It reminds me of a scene in 2004 in front of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. It was at the time of sunset as the low sun turned the light into a reddish hue. People mingled in front of the building, waiting to enter the opera building. Among them was a hot dog seller, carrying his hot heater in front of him and selling hot dogs to eager people in their fineries. I thought that was so Berlin.

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