Solveig Steinhardt didn’t have to walk much to visit all of Berlin’s main pho­tog­ra­phy cen­ters. They are all con­ve­niently lo­cated within a few blocks from each other.

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Snap happy! You don't have to walk far to visit Berlin's main pho­tog­ra­phy cen­ters.

In re­cent years, Berlin’s cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions seem to have gone out of their way to con­cen­trate all pho­tog­ra­phy-re­lated mu­se­ums in the “City West.” First came the

Kun­st­bib­lio­thek Col­lec­tion of Pho­tog­ra­phy, in­au­gu­rated in 2004 inside the op­u­lent build­ing just across from the back en­trance of the Zoo sta­tion. Just a few months after its open­ing, the mu­seum re­ceived a sec­ond in­jec­tion of pho­to­graphic works fol­low­ing the sud­den death of Hol­ly­wood pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut New­ton, who do­nated his opera

om­nia to the city of his birth. Since then, the Kun­st­bib­lio­thek Col­lec­tion and the Hel­mut

New­ton Foun­da­tion have been shar­ing the same build­ing, which has been re­named

Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy (p. 42) and hosts con­tem­po­rary exhibitions next to its his­toric pieces. The de­vel­op­ment of the Kantstraße area into the city’s “photo town” is not an ar­ti­fi­cial cre­ation, how­ever, but rather the nat­u­ral ex­pan­sion of West Berlin’s pre- ex­ist­ing art gallery dis­trict: ever since the 1990s, pho­tore­lated gal­leries like Cam­era Work (Kantstr. 149) and Ga­lerie Springer (Fasanestr. 13) have been bring­ing in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers to town, and their pro­grams have in­cluded names like Diane Ar­bus, Irv­ing Penn, Man Ray, and many more. The lat­est pho­to­graphic ad­di­tion to the area is the C/O Berlin (p. 43) art cen­ter, which re­cently opened its new ex­hi­bi­tion space inside the Amerika Haus, a Cold War- era Amer­i­can li­brary and cul­tural cen­ter. In its newly ren­o­vated rooms, C/O Berlin fea­tures three exhibitions at a time, each con­nected to spe­cial events and con­fer­ences. This month, the venue will be trac­ing the his­tory of the 20th cen­tury, start­ing from Ger­many’s dark­est years with the work of re­sis­tance fighter Lore Krüger from 1934–1944 in A Suit­case Full Of Pic­tures, con­tin­u­ing with London’s Swing­ing Six­ties with the ex­hi­bi­tion Blow Up on Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni’s film pho­tog­ra­phy (see images above), and end­ing with Vis­i­ble Sur­face, ex­plor­ing the work of 37-year- old Fin­nish pho­tog­ra­pher Ni­ina Vata­nen.

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