Felix Hoffmann / Heiko Hoffman, eds.
New / Flexibound / Prestel / 2020 / 272 pages / 978-3791386386
From photography of dance floors with strobe lights and smoke machine haze to intimidating bouncers and after-party exhaustion, this thrilling book portrays three decades of Berlin's club scene.
It's 1989. The Berlin Wall has fallen and the city's youth are tasting a new found freedom. Throughout Europe, electronic dance music is powering nightclubs and fueling day-long raves, which makes Berlin the perfect incubator for an underground music scene. This book brings that scene, which has continued for nearly three decades, to life. Martin Eberle take readers inside the empty rooms of clubs like Tresor, Panasonic, Ibiza, and Dirt while portraits from his After Show series capture moments of exhaustion, excitement, and excess. Legendary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans offers images that span a generation of young people living out their sexual, political, and personal freedom. Contemporary photography by Camille Blake and George Nebieridze documents queer events like Herrensauna, Trade, and Pornceptual. Sven Marquardt's blackand- white portraits of bouncers and barkeepers at Berghain focus on those outside the spotlight. Finally, Erez Israeli and Mike Riemel show admission stamps and a selection of flyers for Berlin raves--the only things you can take home after a night out without breaking the photography ban. Essays and personal interviews, scattered throughout this volume, create a backdrop that traces the history of club life in Berlin and describe the heady sense of utopian promise and the energy that sustained the culture for decades.