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GoSee Tip : Barbara Wolff ‘NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED’ black & white photographs from New York (2023), appearing at Publishing House LUNIK Berlin

Following the success of the ‘METROPOLIS, BERLIN’ photo book – which received the German Photo Book Award in Silver in 2021/22 – photographer Barbara Wolff and Publishing House Lunik Berlin are now presenting their second photo book, ‘NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED’.

The photographs were taken during a month-long stay in New York in June, 2023. In almost timeless black and white photographs, the photographer shows us the New York of today, as a post-pandemic city that is rising after a dark and destructive time. For her stay, she chose accommodation in four of New York’s boroughs, enabling her to find perspectives in the transition between different environments. She wandered around the big city with light camera equipment – at times accompanied by local photographers who contacted her through her daily Instagram posts. And precisely these followers pushed her photo stories forward.

A much photographed city, she was nonetheless able to wrest her own images with her very own take on the breadth and depth of New York. Indeed, the precision of her imagery reveals many levels of New York life that goes beyond simple portrayal.

Also depicted in Barbara Wolff’s photography is the dream destination of flocks of tourists juxtaposed with the struggles for survival and hopes of residents. Barbara Wolff shows us poetic moments like the preparation of a marriage proposal against the backdrop of a skyline in the dark smog. Or moments of longing – the gaze of three women on the Staten Island Ferry directed at the southern tip of Manhattan. But she also manages to magically increase density by means of multiple exposures in photos of Grand Central Station or a view of the patterns found in the city by night as seen from Summit One Vanderbilt.

The book, divided into chapters with names such as ‘Marry me’, ‘Welcome to Hell’ or ‘Yes, we can’, thus becomes the very hymn to the city that bears such contradiction within it. The chapters are introduced with an essay by Daniel Blochwitz, who works as a freelance curator and author with a main focus on photography and who lived in New York himself for many years before moving to Switzerland where he lives today.

Barbara Wolff (born 1951) grew up in East Germany and studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. In 1985, she moved to the Federal Republic of Germany. To this day, she has worked freelance for the Munich-based view camera specialist, Linhof. Her personal photography projects have been exhibited in Berlin, Arles, Vendôme, Geneva, Belém, Brazil and Bordeaux, and are represented in international collections. She lives and works in Berlin.

Lunik Berlin is a book publishing house, formed from the photo production company of the same name. Since 2007, the team has been dedicated to the production of photographs with great passion – publishing books since 2020 at the intersection of art and photography. “We are always in search of exiting projects. You are a photographer, artist or author and want to make your dream of a high-quality fine art book published in a small edition become a reality? Then let’s grab a coffee together!”

Barbara Wolff: NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED
144 pages, 21 x 28 cm, 112 b/w photographs in triplex print, thread-stitching,
hardcover with linen, printed at DZA in Altenburg.
The book is available with four different covers.
ISBN 978-3-9822385-1-7, € 49.90 [Germany], € 51.30 [Austria]
LUNIK Berlin Publishing House, 2023  www.verlag.lunik.de
GoSee : lunik.de

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

Barbara Wolff 'NEW YORK, SIDEWALK CLOSED'

 
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