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Solo Exhibition

»ORIGINAL! Berlin«

Holger Biermann

The photographer Holger Biermann has been capturing with his camera what he encounters on the streets of Berlin for 20 years. The exhibition »ORIGINAL! Berlin« presents a selection of his street pictures, which deal with Berlin by day and night. He takes us on a foray from Ku’damm to Alexanderplatz, from Tempelhofer Feld to Mauerpark. Always one finger on the trigger to capture the moment.

Holger Biermann discovered photography in 2001. He was in New York at the time and witnessed the September 11 attack first hand. While the city was in a state of emergency, he captured what was happening on the streets of New York with his camera. Back in Berlin, the analog camera remained his constant companion and his focus primarily on the people of the city.

“In street photography you always get something for free, but you never know when and where and what,” says Holger Biermann about his work. In the exhibition »ORIGINAL! Berlin« he shows about 60 photographs that were taken in a wide variety of places – in parks, on streets, squares or in the numerous clubs and pubs of the capital.

The photo historian and publicist Enno Kaufhold says about Holger Biermann’s work:
“At its core, Holger Biermann is looking for an active life of whatever kind, with no specific theme or people he is looking for. He meets everything without prejudice. Anticipating situations worthy of a picture, he picks out the moments that interest him from the metropolitan continuum of the most diverse circumstances, whereby the formal design is no less important to him than the moment. Capturing this unique moment, in which all the components important to the image come together, is something that photography alone makes possible. For him, that is precisely the appeal of sticking to this medium. And since Holger Biermann uses his camera without exception and visibly up to direct eye contact, his pictures are always taken at eye level and make them so human.”

About Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus (FkWBH)

Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus was founded in 1996 as a non-profit association. Since the opening of Willy-Brandt-Haus, FkWBH has provided a varied free programme of events at the interface of culture and politics. In addition to the regular exhibitions, readings, discussions and film evenings are also offered to a wide audience.

Framework program

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Thursday, Aug 25, 2022, 7 pm (Admission from 6:30 pm)
Opening Reception
Admission free | No registration required | ID required

Thursdays, 12 noon
Guided Tours

of the art collection & the current exhibitions. Held in German.
Admission free | No registration required | ID required.

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022, 3 pm
Artist’s Guided Tour

Street photographer Holger Biermann leads through the gallery at the end of his exhibition “ORIGINAL! Berlin”.
Admission free | Without registration | ID required.

Supported by: Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Supported By: Bundesverband Soziokultur - NEUSTART KULTUR
Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus e.V. (FkWBH)

Aug 26 — Oct 16, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, Aug 25, 7 pm

Stresemannstraße 28, 10963 Berlin
[District: Kreuzberg | Borough: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12 – 6 pm | Closing days 2022

Admission free | Barrier-free access

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