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Berlin: Portrait of a City Hardcover – May 31, 2007

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Hans Christian Adam works as a photographic consultant in Göttingen. 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 671 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; Mul edition (May 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822814458
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822814451
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.2 x 13.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirstjen B. Lorenz on July 23, 2007
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Franz on December 20, 2007
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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 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter Meyer on September 3, 2007
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Campbell VINE VOICE on December 31, 2007
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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.
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A great book and great pictures. Berlin has deeply changed in the last 150 years and all this has been documented precisely by great photographers: this the easiest way to show how. Texts are exhaustive too into describing "typical" life of a city.
Maybe Berlin has changed more in the last two decades then ever before: the last chapter of this book could be more fascinating and explorative, including the fact that there are a lot of pictures about it but it'd had took another book, perhaps. Maybe Berlin has changed again yet and is changing again now... so I'm waiting for a second edition.
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The photos are so enchanting! A picture is worth a thousand words, each of the photos in this book tells a history of Berlin and I can spend hours and hours looking at every single one of them, drifting into the past of Berlin. My iPad pillow is my great companion while doing so.
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When I saw this book on amazon.com 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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By James Kaufman on August 14, 2014
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Fantastic book-documentary style images tell a story of the respective period. Great reading to accompany the images. Highly recommended.
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