This first volume is the start of a trilogy of books (vol. 2 2000-2010 / vol. 3 2010-2020) presenting 30 years of graffiti in Berlin. With a selection from thousands of photos, a picture of the development of the graffiti subculture in Berlin is created in a authentic way. In addition, a multitude of personal texts by the writers provide an intimate insight into their experiences and perspectives. On the one hand, these texts give a very vivid picture of the life of the Berlin graffiti scene, and on the other hand, they allow the reader to experience the Berlin of days gone by.
The first issue portrays writers and crews between 1990 and 2000. The fall of the Wall can be seen as the prelude to the graffiti boom in Berlin. In its wake, a huge adventure playground opened up for Berlin's writers, which created the ideal breeding ground for what is today probably the largest and most active graffiti scene in the world due to unresolved police jurisdictions and a partly disoriented adult world. The focus is on the application of graffiti on trains, which is also the subject of most of the pictures and texts in the book, but uncensored private pictures and graffiti on walls are also presented.
This first volume contains portraits with many photos and personal texts or comments of the following graffiti writers and crews:
BAS2, BOY, CATS, CHIO, DEON, DISNE, DMB, DRUM, FOK, INKA, KEL, KMER, KAMEL, LYTE, ODEM, POET62, REW, RUZD, DSYER, SHEK, SOME, STEAK, TFB, TOK, TOWN, VDS, WEX and many more.
Also included in the book are mixed chapters with hundreds of photos of many other graffiti writers and crews from the 90s.
The book shows subway graffiti on the viaduct elevated sections of the Berlin subway lines U1, U2 and U3. The pictures were taken between 9/2019 and 2/2020.
Texts from: Boks, Kgo, Jeico and Peter Stelzig.
The artists which take part at the project "Graffiti Photographers United" proudly present their first picture book. With their artworks, they are illustrating their point of view on graffiti-scene. The places of origin reflect the different perspectives of each of them and contain several citys and countries. The core theme of the book are atmospherical shots and the process of trainwriting. Following that, the concept will be the joint presentation of artistical and social statements of different photographers and scene members in one artwork. For a better understanding, the photographers provide commentarial texts according to their picture series.
Phil America (USA)
Peter Stelzig (GER)
Kevin Schulzbus (GER)
Riky Kiwy (IT)
Peter White (GER)
Miserable Face (PL)
Exhibition Hamburg 25.11.-27.11.2016
Urbane Kunstkammer im Gängeviertel E.V., Valentinskamp 28A, 20355 Hamburg
Exhibition Berlin 07.01.-20.01.2017
Gallery No.6, Allerstr.6, 12049 Neukölln, Berlin
Release exhibition in Berlin 17.06.2017
Rummels Bucht, Paul und Paula Ufer, 10317 Berlin
Artists: Abis, Area,
Crush, Drow, Easd, Enter, Fister, Fler, Front, Great, Guard, Hercules, Heys, Hydro, Inzh, Kaze, Kird, Kicks, Kiss, Lazer, Lazr, Mamba, Matrix, Moar, Nerz, Odik, Oups, Pesd, Rage, Reck, Rino,
Roger, Roy, Ruzd, Smoc, Shake, Sharp, Skim, Spider, Sone, Sput, Stereo, Tags, Teser, Tok, Tour, True, Trus, Trane, Wild, Zok...1up, Blow, Buzz, Drm, Funkiez, Huskies, Ko, Mrn, Nhs, Rip, Sma, Tck,
and many more!
text german / english
din A4 / hardcover
stitched binding / 150gr. paper
limited edition 500 copies
world wide shipping
Peter Stelzig has been documenting Berlin's graffiti scene through his photography since 1998. Since 2001 he has been focusing primarily on train graffiti.
He´s working for a high-quality, slightly offbeat photo essay about what has happened on Berlin's S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains over the past 20 years. One of the principal motives for publishing in digital media, graffiti magazines and books is the fact that photography is probably the single most important medium in the graffiti and train writing scene. It is meant to encourage readers to not just use the "auto mode” and to spark their interest in broadening their horizon in order to increase the diversity and quality of photos in any media and to guide writers and spotters to dig deeper into the subject of photography.