Photography was probably the only thing that was strictly forbidden at Bar 25. And for good reason. Behind the naked walls of an abandoned construction site on the banks of the Spree, a colourful group of people gathered each season, whose dress and make-up were not expressions of style, but signs of freedom and vulnerability.
Carolin Saage was the one person who was chosen to visually capture the unrestrained goings-on in Bar 25 – a fact that characterises the sensitivity and emotional safety of the space. From the very beginning of the club, and for a full seven years, Saage accompanied the daily launching of this nocturnal ship of fools. Capturing this adult playground was a fine balancing act between capturing staged scenes and documenting reality. Her work demanded a clarity of vision, yet simultaneously an unconditional affection for the people she was portraying.
Just like the bar itself, 25/7 is a small miracle: akin to mesmerising nature photography it depicts a secret tribe of people celebrating the art of letting go, making a conscious decision not to hold on to anything: if you can remember, then you weren’t there.
How fortunate that Saage had everybody’s trust – as well as an approach full of warmth, and a fantastic eye.
The exhibition "25/7" is showing until 27 August 2013 at the gallery "Contributed", Strausberger Platz 16. Berlin.
Published by Seltmann+Söhne.
Format 23 x 29 cm, 208 pages, softcover, 200 images
RRP 39,90 €, ISBN 978-3-942831-71-0
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