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Berlin. Portrait of a City

70Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
The most comprehensive photographic study of an extraordinary metropolis offers some 560 pages of aerial views, street scenes, portraits, and more to trace its history as political and cultural capital. Quotes from famed Berlin icons and connoisseurs, from Marlene Dietrich to John F. Kennedy and David Bowie, accompany the images.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.4 in.9.00 lb560 pages
“This volume of photographs takes the reader on a journey through 150 years of German history, with all its turbulences … garnished with brilliant essays and quotations and a superb layout that does not detract from the photographs.”
Der Spiegel
“An illustrated history of Berlin. The magnificence of the German capital and its turbulent story is told through images from many international photographers… If you are interested in the history of Berlin and world-class photography, this book will be a great addition to the book-shelf.”
Amateur Photographer
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Berlin. Portrait of a City

Berlin. Portrait of a City


"Ich bin ein Berliner"

A photographic journey into the city’s turbulent history

Berlin has survived two world wars, was divided by a wall during the Cold War, and after the fall of the wall was reunited. The city emerged as a center of European power and culture. From 1860 to the present day, this book is the most comprehensive photographic study of this extraordinary city, dense with spirit as much as with history.

Some 560 pages gather aerial views, street scenes, portraits, and more to trace Berlin history from the Imperial Era as capital of Prussia through the Roaring Twenties to devastating images of war to heartwarming postwar photos of a city picking up the pieces—the Reichstag in ruins and later wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Among the photographs are works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, René Burri, Robert Capa, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans in addition to well-known Berlin photo-chroniclers such as Friedrich Seidenstücker, Erich Salomon, Willy Römer, and Heinrich Zille (an index of photographers’ biographies is also included).

The images are accompanied by quotes from Berliners and Berlin connoisseurs such as Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Döblin, Herwarth Walden, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, John F. Kennedy, Willy Brandt, Helmut Newton, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Bowie. More than a tribute to the city and its civic, social, and photographic history, this book pays homage to Berlin’s inhabitants: full of hope and strength, in their faces is reflected Berlin’s undying soul.
Berlin. Portrait of a City
Hardcover25 x 34 cm4.08 kg560 pages

ISBN 978-3-8228-1445-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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6 Ratings

A fascinating time travel

Volker,October 28, 2021
Berlin's history from 1860 until today through the lenses of the worlds most renowned photographers.

Great photobook

Henning,October 27, 2021
Fine and interesting book with magnificent photos


Michael,October 27, 2021

Marc G.,February 23, 2024
Fantastic book. Beautifully crafted and intelligently documented

Susan,November 7, 2023
Books are beautiful Baaaaaad! Delivery

Sehr gutes Buch! Kaufempfehlung!

Frank P.,November 2, 2021
Ein toller Bildband über die Geschichte Berlins, habe es als Halb-Berliner sofort gelesen. Schnelle Bearbeitung der Bestellung, sorgfältige Verpackung. Ich beachte weiterhin das Angebot des Verlags.