Berlin Nights: Raw, intense photographs taken from the underbelly of the German capital
Christian Reister has released a collection of his intenser, confusing and hedonistic black-and-white photographs of time spent in the German capital with is new book Berlin Nights.
Working with a compact 35mm camera and monochrome vision, the photographer walked the night of the city in a bid to capture what he calls “unstaged moments and random encounters” through many of the city’s now-closed underground nightclubs.
Having first picked up his camera in 2001, Reister has been capturing life on Berlin streets ever since. Finding his feet for the first ten years, the photographer made the switch to black and white in an attempt to successfully recreate his vision of Berlin on film. The decision allowed Reister to focus more on the atmospheric and, as Berlin can quite often turn into, the somewhat blurry evenings and late nights.
“For me Berlin is a huge bag of surprises that never get tired,” Reister said in an interview when discussing his last 19 years living in the German capital city.
“The oldest image in the book is from 2008, but 2011 was the year when I started focusing on my “new” style,” he told The Phoblographer. “It turned out that this kind of photo worked best at night. I always have a small camera with me so I basically took pictures everywhere I went after dark.”
He added: “When you leave out the colours, I feel the work is much more abstract and timeless. My intention is not to show the most hip and glamorous sides of a commercialised nightlife that you may find promoted in tourist guides or lifestyle magazines. My photography is about my own personal view on my own personal nightlife.”