Berlin. Photographs by Hedi Slimane. Edition 7L, Paris/Steidl, Gottingen, 2003. 156 pp. Quarto. First edition. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Printed card slipcase. Tritone reproductions.
Skinny jeans, the faux-hawk, the return of skinny ties, the 'waifish' and slightly anorexic look of male models in recent years--love 'em or hate 'em, we have Hedi Slimane to thank for these now ubiquitous fashion statements. This now-scarce book is one of his major statements.
"Here is Berlin, heard not as the symphony of a large city but as a quiet, emotive ballad. Here is Berlin, as Hedi Slimane has captured it, photographing his surroundings, his friends and the ordinary places where unglamorous lives are led in the German capital. In intense photos that visualize a young generation's attitude toward life, Slimane reveals the shared desire for something other than feelings of security and prefabricated ideas."--the publisher
"Berlin is an open space for me--I don't feel like I need to make any effort when I am here. I take the overnight train from Paris, and I arrive really early in the morning, when the city is only slightly awake and silent. The train going from west to east creates a sort of urban intimacy [...]
"I don't know many people in Berlin. In addition, I don't speak German. So my rapport with the city is quite easy and immediate, without any particular expectations [...] It offers a totally different perspective from Paris. Berlin is constantly being reinvented."--excerpted from an interview with Klaus Biesenbach, Index Magazine, Summer 2002.