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Berlin: Portrait of a City [Hardcover]

Hans-Christian Adam
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9 Jan 2012
Presenting the spirit of Berlin, this book is a photographic journey into the city's history. Devastated by two world wars, divided during the Cold War, and liberated with the destruction of the wall, Berlin has survived extraordinary circumstances over the course of its history and emerged as a center of European power and culture. From 1860 to the present day, this book presents the story of Berlin in photographs, portraits, maps, and aerial views. With nearly 700 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, this is the most comprehensive photographic study on Berlin ever made. More than a tribute to the city and its history, this book especially pays homage to Berlin's inhabitants: full of hope and strength, in their faces is reflected Berlin's undying soul. Also included is: an index of photographers' biographies.

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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 2nd Revised edition (9 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822814458
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822814451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 26.4 x 36.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hans Christian Adam works as a photographic consultant in Gottingen. He has published many articles and various books on photography, including TASCHEN's Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian and Atget's Paris.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book as grand as the city itself 27 Dec 2007
What European city has more history than Berlin? Taschen's lavish photographic extravaganza shows us the Berlin of Frederick the Great, of Kaiser Bill, of Marlene Dietrich of Isherwood. It shows us the Berlin of Hitler and Speer of course, who tried to build a thousand year empire that lasted barely 12. It shows us the Berlin of Rudi Dutschke, Bertolt Brecht, Willy Brandt and of Erich Honecker who built a wall, which divided the city for some 28 years.
Above all this book shows the Berlin of the people, of children walking to school, satchels on their back, of housewives selecting bricks for reuse from the city's ruins after 1945, of DDR citizens in their Trabbis crossing into the West in 1989, of Turkish "guest workers" of gay pride on show during the "Love Parade".
After the 2nd world war they thought there was no Berlin anymore. In the sixties, seventies and eighties we all thought there would for ever be two Berlins. Now, united once again, the city takes pride in challenging architecture and exciting events such as the world cup Football tournament of 2006.
What can be better than this wonderful book with its 700 glorious pages of fine photography? I tell you what! Its subject : the city itself.!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book caught my eye in KaDeWe department store in Berlin but it was too large and heavy to pack as luggage. As with most Taschen books it is tri-lingual (English, Frnech and German)

It is packed with great photography, some of which has also been used in 'Wirtschaftswunder' also from Taschen, this was a small disappointment. Though on its own it is a fabulous book to sit and admire the images through the ages.

The book is not meant for serious reading but gives a nice overview of the history of this awesome city.

This is an ideal coffee table book but be warned, its big and heavy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars nearly 150 years of photos 23 July 2007
By Kirstjen B. Lorenz - Published on
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This is a fantastic collection of photos of Berlin, spanning nearly 150 years. The endpapers give a map of the city as it was divided by the Berlin Wall. I purchased this book as I was reading a book about the Berlin Wall & this was a fantastic visual supplement to that book, as it would be to many other books about Berlin throughout history. Whether you are interested in the period of the Weimar, WWII, divided Berlin/Cold War era, or earlier periods, there are probably a few photos you've not seen before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unglaublich! 20 Dec 2007
By Michael Franz - Published on
What a book! My mother as well as her sisters were born in Berlin during and after World War II, so I grew up hearing family stories of this amazing city. This book provided a tremendous visual aid to all these stories. Looking at the images I could picture my grandmother as a young woman, and my aunts and my mother in the postwar years.
If you have any connection to this amazing city, this book will bring tears to your eyes, for all the hardship and challenges it has faced, and with what fantastic grace it reemerged like phoenix from the ashes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long trip back to the town of my birth 3 Sep 2007
By Walter Meyer - Published on
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I left Berlin, early in 1937, aged five and a half, not to return until 1983, as a visitor, but I have childhood memories of the city, some of which go back to before I was three. Reinforcing those memories were tales I heard from my parents and the occasional, non-war-related movie. To see pictures of the streets and the faces, the clothing and the shop displays going back to before the First World War has been a source of continuing fascination for me. As is only proper in a book of this sort, the horrors that beset Berlin under Hitler and during the Second World War are also given their proper place in this book, a reminder that even one of the world's most sophisticated cities can be all but destroyed in degeneration and nevertheless, with appropriate assistance, as, for instance, the air lift, be resurected and restored. The photos were excellent, and the commentary, in English, German and French, insightful and instructive. Priced in the mid-thirties, the book sold at a substantially lower price than it did at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 31 Dec 2007
By Stephen Campbell - Published on
This is a beautiful book! The photos are not only outstanding but they have zero pixillation. You can discern details such as the company name on the back of a horse drawn cart in a crowd. The turn of the century through the 1930's I thought were the best. You can stare at one and with out much effort find yourself slipping away into the photo.

The National Socialist period is not covered in depth nor do I think it needs to be. There are far an away plenty of books for that on the market. This is a book that can not be digested in one sitting. Take your time and look at each photo. The small details are fascinating.

My only problem with the book is the blue page stock that some of the entries is written on. It made it difficult to read the text. That is a minor quibble, especially in a book like this. If you buy a used copy make sure you check the price of shipping as this book weighs as much as a small childs school backpack.
5.0 out of 5 stars HUGE OVERSIZED BOOK OF BERLIN ! 16 Feb 2014
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When I saw this book on I had to have it. I've enjoyed every minute and it take a long long time for each page. It's my go to book for my memories of Berlin in 2002 with my translator leading the way.
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