In his work, Berlin-based photographer Manfred Hamm is intent on drawing the viewer's attention to our direct environment – which we inhabit, shape and often destroy. Only very rarely do his images contain people.
The spatial experiences he creates represent a school of seeing, a reflection of architectural and engineering feats, as well as a legacy of generations and complex cultures. The artist focuses on that which will not last: industrial monuments in a multitude of locations, as well as a variety of themes revolving around the city of Berlin. "I preserve loss", is how he once described his work.
When Hamm arrived in Berlin in 1969, he added the Berlin Wall to his photographic focus. Recording its history from the seventies until after its fall, he created not only striking perspectives, but also captured images full of wit that document the division and unification along the Berlin Wall.
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