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Berliner Kindheit

‘Berliner Kindheit’
Aura Rosenberg
German, English



176 pages
300 x 245 mm
ISBN 3882438126

In this collection of crisp color photographs inspired by cultural theorist Walter Benjamin’s Berliner Kindheit um 1900 (Berlin Childhood in 1990), Aura Rosenberg documents the first few years of her daughter’s life and translates Benjamin’s remembrance into a new narrative focused on the year 2000. Following the structure of the original book, in which Benjamin identified 42 essential elements of a childhood spent in Berlin in 1900, Rosenberg visits places described by Benjamin, and discovers parallels with her daughter’s experience. She also cites Benjamin, confronting the passages of his text with her own photographs and impressions. This book includes a preface by renown Benjamin scholar Esther Leslie and an afterword by editor Friedrich Meschede. In English and German.

About the Artist
Aura Rosenberg received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Hunter College, NY as well as attending the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Rosenberg’s work probes sexuality, gender, childhood, artistic identity and historical construction.  Her diverse practice draws on photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation and performance.Rosenberg lives in New York City and Berlin.  She is represented by Meliksetian, Briggs in Los Angeles and Martos Gallery in New York City and teaches at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts.
About the Publisher
Gerhard Steidl began working as a printer and designer in 1968. From political non-fiction he then expanded into literature and selected books on art and photography. Steidl publishes German literature as well as translations from French, English and Icelandic.In 1994 Steidl launched its international photobook program. Today it includes some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists including Joel Sternfeld, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Robert Adams, Karl Lagerfeld, Lewis Baltz, Dayanita Singh, Ed Ruscha, Roni Horn and Juergen Teller, to name but a few.

Every Steidl book distinguishes itself through individual design and production values. Known for his passion for paper, printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl personally selects the paper and binding materials for each title and oversees all aspects of the production process – each Steidl book literally passes through his hands.

Over the decades Steidl at Düstere Strasse 4 in Göttingen has become one of the most respected printers in the international publishing world. Whether photography, art, fashion or literature, it is Steidl’s goal to realize the dreams and goals of artists and authors, and to create art in book form.