Publisher Note

This book of new research and commentary by Carl Skoggard brings philosopher Walter Benjamin’s engaging autobiographical text into a new translation that is faithful to Benjamin’s voice. Berlin Childhood circa 1900, Skoggard writes, “conjures Benjamin’s earliest years in a series of mysterious tableaux. But it also reflects an urgent moment in his adult life—one that posed challenges to everything he had thought and felt previously.” Our Jank Edition is illustrated with thirty black & white photographs and includes a foldable, color map of Berlin, circa 1900, offset-printed by Container Corps, Portland, Ore.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff’s book collects black and white photographs taken at apartment viewings in Berlin, London and Zürich in 2015, and exhibited at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin the same year. The images render a landscape of apartments, mostly empty, punctuated by potential buyers or renters projecting their own possible futures onto the spaces. The photographs blend into each other as if one building, aggregating material treatments,fixtures, flooring, and faucets in their extraordinary specificity; or as if one city, seen from the inside as a picture of a private public sphere. The book includes a new text by writer Pablo Larios elaborating on the staging of personal environments and the relationship between gure and ground in Henkel and Pitegoff’s work.

Artists’ Book, Photobook

Berlin, Zürich, Zürich, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, London

by Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff

Release Place Milan, Italy
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2016
Printrun 600
ISBN-13: 9788899385217
Subform Photobook
Topics Apartments, Architecture, Berlin, Photographs, Zürich
Methods Found Photography, Photography
Language English
Format Softcover
Dimensions 20.0 × 26.0 cm
Weight 891 gram
Pages 216