A beautiful look at Berlin’s colourful night culture by photographer Christian Reister
In today’s digitally dependant world it feels somewhat fraudulent to consume creativity, one of the most tangible of genres, via a mobile device. The immersive experience creativity provides is one that must be gained first hand. The online world may point us in the right direction but seeing, touching and even smelling the real thing is a sensory joy that cannot be replaced.
One such creative subject this theory applies to is photography. Platforms such as Instagram have given everyone license to upload image after image, adding additional noise to an increasingly loud landscape. For us, it’s photography that has been documented in print, that last the test of time. Glorious moments of sporting prowess, devastating memories of conflict and historic references that could have only be captured on camera are those that have brought joy to millions due to their everlasting power.
So, when we discovered the incredible people at Hoxton Mini Press we were energised by their passion for photography and the timeless power of publishing. However, this isn’t a traditional publishers but an alternative, independent brand that’s dedicated to celebrating niche subjects that are beautifully captured and delivered in a truly exceptional manner.
Hoxton Mini Press began by documenting the East of London, somewhere the founders, Ann and Martin knew like the back of their hand. They gradually began exploring new areas and this book, Berlin Nights, is number seven in a series called ‘Tales from the City’.
The 128 pages within Berlin Nights are a celebration of Christian Reister and his identifiable approach to photography. After 10 years of maximising the use of colour he decided to focus on black and white work adopting an atmospheric, grainy and sometimes blurry look. The results are truly outstanding, image after image offers an insight into the people, environments and nocturnal spaces Berlin’s natives inhabit after-hours.
City landscapes are distorted by over-exposed lights, clubbers are candidly caught in full swing whilst more tranquil images depict the sobering reality that only the end of the night brings. Christian visually narrates a story of a city that comes alive at night, a visual soundtrack to revellers who leave their daylight existence behind.
The content of Berlin Nights is exceptional but we must pay homage to how the book is presented. So many creative publications are aloof and in some cases unjustifiably expensive but Hoxton Mini Press deliver incredible products that range from the playful Bored Tourists by Laurence Stephens to the impressively powerful Portrait of Britain in collaboration with British Journal of Photography.
Each title is perfectly designed from the binding to paper colour and layout to typography. As books that celebrate creativity they do just that but they also reflect a desire to match the work of those featured within.
This is nothing short of truly spectacular.
Thank you Hoxton Mini Press.
Images courtesy of Hoxton Mini Press.