Architectural & Documentary Photo Productions

urban minutes


We’re familiar with it from the fall of the Berlin Wall: everything goes extremely fast, while at the same time, moments are constantly coalescing that literally freeze time through the force of historic importance. On the other hand, recording things for posterity is part of the photographic everyday, performed today on the cell phone. Robert Herrmann’s tools are simple and at this point more or less historic: a mechanical medium-format camera, black-and-white film—but infinitely richer. Yet not endlessly so, because the exposure time is exactly sixty seconds. Always, everywhere. The result is a survey of Berlin, part of the dance of the world’s big cities. Time redefines the relationship between architecture and people, because a minute is more than just a moment. A person has to stand very still in order not to become a photographic blur. In relation to a day or a month, a minute can seem negligible. But if he or she moves within this time, the image can no longer record them; they vanish before the city backdrop. Thus, a person only has an effect as part of a crowd, which in these images does not vanish. As we saw in 1989, in Berlin.

Text by Andreas Kesberger

Berlin


1 Karl-Marx-Allee, 2014 | 2 Hackescher Markt, 2014 | 3 Humboldtforum, 2015 | 4 Lustgarten & Humboldtforum, 2014 | 5 Alexanderplatz, 2010 | 6 Pariser Platz, 2012 | 7 Breitscheidplatz, 2016 | 8 Straße des 17. Juni, 2012 | 9 Karl-Marx-Allee, 2014 | 10 Budapester Straße, 2016 | 11 Checkpoint Charlie, 2010 | 12 Kantstraße/Joachimsthaler Straße, 2016 | 13 Potsdamer Platz, 2011 | 14 Hackescher Markt, 2014



Barcelona


1 Catedral de Barcelona, 2015 | 2 Palau de la Música Catalana, 2015 | 3 Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, 2015 | 4 Casa Batlló, 2015 | 5 La Sagrada Família, 2015 | 6 Carrer de Ferran, 2015 | 7 Rambla de Mar, 2015 | 8 Barcelona Beach, 2015 | 9 Mercado de Santa Caterina, 2015 | 10 Plaça Sant Jaume, 2015 | 11 Carrer de Montcada, 2015 | 12 Mercat dels Encants, 2015


Beijing


1 天安门 (Tian'anmen), 2014 | 2 北海公园 (Beihai Park), 2014 | 3 天安门 (Tian'anmen), 2014 | 4 中国国家博物馆 (National Museum of China), 2014 | 5 奥体中心体育场 (Olympic Sports Center), 2014 | 6 中央电视台总部大楼 (CCTV Headquarters), 2014 | 7 人民英雄纪念碑 (Monument to the People's Heroes), 2014 | 8 琼华岛 (Qionghua Island), 2014 | 9 Galaxy Soho, 2014 | 10 东二环路 (Eastern 2nd Ring Road), 2014


Budapest


1 Széchenyi Lánchíd, 2016 | 2 Duna, 2016 | 3 Károly körút, 2016 | 4 Erzsébet híd, 2016 | 5 Országház, 2016 | 6 Nyugati pályaudvar, 2016 | 7 Andrássy út, 2016 | 8 Mátyás-templom, 2016 | 9 Zrínyi utca, 2016 | 10 Keleti Pályaudvar, 2016 | 11 Keleti Pályaudvar, 2016 | 12 Baross tér, Budapest, 2016


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