Berlin Stories: Photography essay documents the city of art, fashion and parties

Wedding 7 JPG-Format (4.403 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

The latest in the Berlin Stories series presents visual essays about and from Berlin—the city of art, fashion and parties. Promising all genres of photography, from classic street photography to personal sketches and staged portraits, the collection – shot by Ama Split and Riky Kiwy – has been printed in a nifty pocket-sized book.

Aiming to build an entire library inspired by Berlin, the images have been taken by the most "prominent photographers working in the city today".

Volume One begins with a journey on the "dog’s head-shaped" railway encircling central Berlin–the French-Italian pair of photographers spent a good six weeks riding the S-Bahn clockwise from east to west to east.

They stopped at all of the twenty-seven stations, where both would shoot a thirty-six exposure roll of film until the standard automated announcement recited “Zurückbleiben, bitte!” The idea was to find key aspects of the environment around each station—intuitive, playful, and poetic—whether it was the Treptower Park snack bar along the Spree, the idyllic community gardens next to the platforms near Heidelberger Platz, or a cheerful group of seniors drinking beer at the Halensee.

Again and again, the yellow-red cars of the S-Bahn loom into view, finally assuming their own icon status.

Berlin Stories 1:Ama Split & Riky Kiwy: Hundekopf. Die Berliner Ringbahn is published by Hatje Cantz and available for €20, available in both German and English.

Beusselstraße 3 JPG-Format (4.434 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Beusselstraße 3 JPG-Format (4.434 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Greifswalder Straße 8 JPG-Format (3.744 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Greifswalder Straße 8 JPG-Format (3.744 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Schöneberg 9 JPG-Format (4.449 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Schöneberg 9 JPG-Format (4.449 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Schönhauser Allee 6 JPG-Format (4.396 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Schönhauser Allee 6 JPG-Format (4.396 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Tempelhof 3 JPG-Format (4.813 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy

Tempelhof 3 JPG-Format (4.813 KB) 2500 x 1673 Pixel © Ama Split and Riky Kiwy