Nothing beats the magic of seeing a photograph appearing in the darkroom. The space might almost be gone, forced away by digital tools, but those will never have the magic. That is why documenting the workshop of photographers and printers well deserves a beautiful book like this one.
I am somehow troubled by the fact that many digital cameras do not have a viewfinder anymore and that looking at a screen leads to a different type of image-making. I think it makes photography increasingly universal and disposable. This publication instead allows its readers to experience the cultural relevance of photography through the medium of the album.
Books which turn blogs into publications are strange - mostly. This is a nice exception. Seeing the personal environments of mainly creative people based in Berlin as if they were your best friends. It might work even better as a book.
History is written in images. If I say Berlin Wall a few historical, iconic images will came to mind straight away. But while those became stereotypes and while the real locations of the Berlin Wall are almost invisible these days, this book teaches a new history lesson through early photographs of the Wall as it was.
Almost like an homage to Martin Parr's phone book, this documentation of contemporary communication behavior was also shot with a mobile phone (build-in) camera. Published in print as a beautiful small edition.
A great title for an unusual yet powerful visual genre. The publication documents a theatre production by the same title in the form of a very collectable publication.
Sven Ehmann is the creative director of art and design book publisher gestalten. He started his professional life with an apprenticeship to become a photographer before moving toward concept development for publications, exhibitions and new media. His passion for photography and photography books is very much alive and led to projects, lectures and portfolio reviews with the likes of OjodePez, Foto Espana, Bieler Fototage, onlab, etc. publications.