Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


It is difficult not to buy new books. It is even more difficult to find storage space for the books already bought and for those about to be purchased. But for this particular volume we should be quite prepared to empty a whole shelf and keep it ready: a photography book “Berlin in 19. Jahrhundert” by Miriam Paeslack, published by Schirmer & Mosel (even the publisher´s name seems to be a match made in heaven).

Many of the images used in the book have been presented on this blog before, however, the quality of the printed version is simply supreme. A big number of photos are a feast for an even well-trained eye – they show places and moments thought to be gone and forgotten for ever, as if to confirm our motto at Kreuzberged: “Everything is somewhere.”

The photography book created by Ms Paeslack is not cheap (prepare to part with 50 Euros fast) and it is not something you can fit into your bag to peruse at your leisure when sitting on the Ringbahn or the U-Bahn. But neither is it meant to be any of that.

“Berlin in 19. Jahrhundert” must have cost a lot to put together – both money and work. It is not a coffee table book, spread out to impress and get dusty. It is a book which should be savoured and relished. At best on a winter night, in the warm glow of an oil lamp and over a glass of good red wine or port. What better way than this to call Ghosts of Berlin´s Past?

Please click the image to enjoy the photo gallery compiled by an excellent Berlin daily, Der Tagesspiegel. Those interested in reading a highly illuminating article published to accompany their recommendation for the book, please follow this link.

First Hochbahn (elevated railway) line - today´s U1 - under construction in 1900/1901 in Gitschiner Strasse corner Sedan Ufer. (photographer unknown)

First Hochbahn (elevated railway) line – today´s U1 – under construction in 1900/1901 in Gitschiner Strasse corner Sedan Ufer. (photographer unknown)


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