PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR - Juror’s Special Mention:​ Taking Stock of Power : An Other View of the Berlin Wall

Annett Gröschner et Arwed Messmer
Taking Stock of Power: An Other View of the Berlin Wall

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany, 2016
Designed by Carsten Eisfeld

“An important document on a topic that continues to be timely.” (Thomas Zander)

“While many recent histories of the Berlin Wall have analyzed its symbolic significance to East and West,” Bertrand assesses, “Taking Stock of Power directs its investigation toward the structure of the wall itself.” Arwed Messmer and Annett Gröschner’s painstakingly researched project consists of two hand-bound volumes, housed in a vertical open-ended slipcase, which together create a definitive account of the wall as it existed in 1966. The book features seven hundred individual panoramas, stitched together from over three thousand previously unseen amateur photographs discovered within Berlin’s Intermediate Military Archives, which together map out the entire circumference of the wall around West Berlin. Punctuated with quotes and stories recorded from the wall’s front lines, the book offers a virtuosic achievement in the presentation of archival research.

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