At Alexanderplatz bizarre humor, pure joy and deep sadness are often only a few concrete slabs apart. Between 2008 and 2010 Christian Reister photographed daily life at Berlin’s biggest square, where some 300,000 people pass by daily.
The result is a series of photographs, which in particular show people in a wide-angle close-up perspective. They rush to the subway, come out of the shopping mall with over-sized shopping bags, drink beer, feed pigeons, or just simply hang out. They kiss, they laugh, they smoke, they wear bulky wool hats and navel-free T-shirts, or they look longingly into the distance. Christian Reister brings into focus what remains unnoticed and yet is essential. The photographs, in 16:9 format, dominate through their cool, “steel” color, much like film stills, which could be set in motion at any moment.
(Text: André Glasmacher)
ALEX 8 page feature in u_mag magazine 5/09
(PDF, Text by Claudia Haevernick and Falk Schreiber)