Michael Schmidt: Photography 1965–2014


The first publication to survey the complete oeuvre of photographer Michael Schmidt, Berlin’s greatest chronicler in the postwar period


ISBN: 9783960988144 Category:

Janos Frecot, Peter Galassi, Heinz Liesbrock, Thomas Weski


Author of now-classic photobooks such as Waffenruhe and Berlin-Wedding, Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt (1945-2014) was acclaimed in his lifetime for his black-and-white, documentary-style depictions of his native city. This is the first full appraisal of his work, featuring numerous images of working material such as work prints or book dummies, as well as archival material-invitation cards, posters and exhibition views.

Essays by Ute Eskildsen, Janos Frecot, Peter Galassi, Heinz Liesbrock and Thomas Weski, who worked closely with Schmidt on various projects during his lifetime, complement these materials.

Additional information

Weight 2544 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Publication date 20 January 2021
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Foundation for Photography and Media Art, Text by Ute Esklidsen
Dimensions 24.8 x 30.7 cm
Weight 2544 g
Michael Schmidt was a German photographer whose subjects of interest were Berlin and "the weight of German identity in modern history. In 1965 Schmidt began photographing the streets, buildings and people of West Berlin in a semi-documentary approach. He went on to make a series of "ambitious projects" there, all in black and white and becoming more impressionistic, until his death in 2014. Each project was exhibited, then published as a book.