The City of Eternal Becoming.
Photographs by Giovanni Chiaramonte.
Schirmer/Mosel, Germany, 2010. 144 pp., 66 color illustrations, 11½x11½".
To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin
Wall, we are bringing out this unusual Berlin book
by Giovanni Chiaramonte, with photographs taken
between 1983 and 2003.
Chiaramonte's Berlin appears to hover just as much
between the past and future as between the West
and the East. Could this be because Chiaramonte
looks at Berlin with the eyes of a Sicilian? At any
rate, his is not the official outlook of the airy fairy
Berlin and tourism industries. An eye sensitive to
the beauty of ruins from Potsdam to Potsdamer Platz,
summer warmth, blue skies and the warm glow of red
brick distinguish Chiaramonte's photographs. And
of course Chiaramonte also reveres the architecture
from Schinkel to Aldo Rossi that very formal severity
that allows the city to spring out of the wastelands,
where the lines of fate in the history of the
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