Berlin, Fruchtstraße
am 27. März 1952 / on March 27,1952
Arwed Messmer/Arwed Messmer/Annett Gröschner/Fritz Tiedemann

142 pp.

with 37 black-white and 31 colour illustrations

thread-sewn hardcover

Leipzig January, 2022
ISBN: 9783959055536

Width: 24 cm
Length: 30 cm

Language(s): English, German

Carsten Eisfeld

Arwed Messmer

Arwed Messmer, Annett Gröschner, Fritz Tiedemann

Arwed Messmer, Annett Gröschner, Fritz Tiedemann, Florian Ebner, Uwe W. Tiedemann

On 27 March 1952 Berlin’s municipal authorities commissioned Fritz Tiedemann to take photographs of the section of Fruchtstraße between Ostbahnhof station and Stalinallee. His images document views of the façades on the street seven years after the end of World War II and two decades before the buildings were demolished. The plan to destroy them was already in place when Tiedemann produced his pictures. Arwed Messmer and Annett Gröschner used these images as the source material for a fascinating photographic and literary project. As in previous joint projects, photographer Messmer and writer Gröschner explore aspects of the documentary in photography. Messmer digitally joins together Tiedemann’s thirty-two individual negatives to produce a single panorama portrait of Fruchtstraße and its people, a portrait that is also found in archive documents and research on the street’s history and is taken up by Annett Gröschner in her text Great Beetroot Today.

The book is a reprint from 2012.

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