Christian Helmle - Stralau

Stralau brings together new works as well as older and rarely seen works by Swiss photographer Christian Helmle.

Christian Helmle, born in 1952, grew up in Thun, Switzerland. After studying ethnology for three semesters, he traveled to Central America and Africa. From 1977 to 1980 he completed the photography class in Vevey. Since 1982 he has worked as a freelance photographer. In her foreword to the book, Helen Hirsch, director of the Kunstmuseum Thun, writes: "Christian Helmle is a passionate photographer. No effort is too great and no mountain too high for him to climb in order to get his special landscape shots "in the can." But his fascination for historical and modern architecture also drives him to the most remote places in the world, from where he takes fantastic pictures. ... With Stralau we started a journey in our minds, wondering what place or landscape it is: The eponymous work shows a facade on the Stralau peninsula in the heart of Berlin, in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Helmle has been on the road in this historically marked place, reviving the dilapidated industrial wastelands and tracking down traces of the former fishing village."

Kehrer Verlag, 112 pages, 134 ill. in color and b&w, German / English, Softcover, 35 Euro, ISBN 978-3-96900-061-8