Seconds2Real is closing down. While Seconds2Real’s activities as a collective have come to an end this website will remain for archive reasons. To stay up to date in the future check the photographers’ individual websites:
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
PLEASE NOTICE: Seconds2Real’s NEW Domain is www.seconds2real.org – please update your booksmarks.
Seconds2Real photographer Siegfried Hansen is among the finalists of this year’s Miami Street Photograhy Festival. The 2013 finalists were selected by a panel of judges from among hundreds of submissions.The finalists’s images will be displayed at the festival’s main gallery during Art Basel, one of the world’s premier art scenes, where hundreds of thousands gather each year in Miami to celebrate the visual arts. The 2013 MSPF Awards will be selected during festival week from among these images by the featured speakers at the festival, including world-renowned Magnum photographers, Alex Webb, Bruce Gilden, Constantine Manos, and author/photographer Rebecca Norris Webb.
Book recommendation for everybody interested in outstanding Street Photography from Berlin:
“Berlin 140°” by Frank Silberbach is just released by Braus, Germany.
Mit einem Text von Thomas Brussig
Hardcover, 164 Seiten, 79 Abbildungen
Format 23 x 23 cm, € (D) 29,95, € (A) 30,80, CHF 40,90
ISBN 978-3-86228-068-1, Edition Braus, Berlin 2013
You may buy it at your local bookstore, or contact the photographer via email to order a signed copy.
Check out our interview with Frank Silberbach from 2012 (German).
Die Leica Galerie Wien zeigt ab dem 14. August Arbeiten des Wahl-Wiener Fotografen Kay von Aspern. Von Aspern ist ein Street Photographer im emphatischen Sinne: Die Kamera ist sein ständiger Begleiter. Seine Fotografien entspringen einer besonderen Sensibilität für die Exotik unseres Alltags. Was für gewöhnlich im Treiben der Städte verloren geht, weil es unterhalb der Schwelle der allgemeinen Aufmerksamkeit liegt, speichert von Aspern mit seiner Leica: große Dramen in Miniatur, skurrile Begegnungen, bedeutungsvolle Blicke. Es sind Momente, in denen der Alltag sich in einer zufälligen Komposition plötzlich verdichtet und über sich selbst hinaushebt, Momente, die von Aspern dem Strom der Zeit entreißt.
Kay von Aspern ist Teil einer vitalen Szene, die sich in den vergangenen Jahren in Wien gebildet und ganz der Street Photography verschrieben hat. Die Fotografinnen und Fotografen greifen damit ein Genre auf, das vor allem seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts, seit die Entwicklung der Kameratechnik eine gesteigerte Mobilität erlaubte, für einige der bleibenden Bilder und nachhaltigsten Mythen der Fotografiegeschichte verantwortlich ist. Henri Cartier-Bressons „moment décisif“, der entscheidende Augenblick einer Begebenheit, den es im Foto festzuhalten gilt, die Kamera als Verlängerung des Auges – das sind die Ideen, die das Wesen der Street Photography umreißen. Der Fotograf durchstreift als Flaneur den öffentlichen Raum der Stadt, taucht im Fluss der Passanten unter, bleibt aber immer wachsam für das Besondere im Alltäglichen. (more…)
New exhibitions by Seconds2Real photographers Thorsten Strasas, Christian Reister and Alexander Magedler are about to open in Berlin and Vienna within the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to join us atb the openings!
THORSTEN STRASAS – ALL REFUGEES ARE FIGHTERS
Seven Berlin based photographers cover the ongoing refugee protests in Berlin.
Berlin, DE – Café Kotti
May 27th – Juni 23th
Public opening: May 26th, 4pm
Further information: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorstenstrasas/8746543395/
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/333656550095362/
CHRISTIAN REISTER – BERLIN TRILOGIE
Exhibtion in three rooms: Photographs from his series ALEX, NACHT and Street Photography since 2006
Berlin, DE – Café Aroma Photogalerie
June 7th – October 6th, 2013
Public opening: Thursday June 6th, 8-10pm
Further information: www.reister-images.de
ALEXANDER MAGEDLER – NIGER: LE TEMPS ÉLASTIQUE
„Die Europäer haben die Uhr, die Afrikaner die Zeit.“ – Photographs from Niger, 2004
Vienna, AT – Eigensinnig Schauraum für Mode und Fotografie
June 11th – August 11th
Public opening: Monday June 10th, 7-10 pm
Further information: http://www.eigensinnig.at/Photography/MAGEDLER-TEMPS-ELASTIQUE
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/199475100176564/
The Leica Camera Blog published an interview with Christian Reister today. Seconds2Real member Christian provides details on his most recent book collaboration with Seconds2Real colleague Kay von Aspern, talks about his next exhibitions and on what a well-done photo means to him. Check it out here.
April 26th in Berlin: opening of the solo exhibition “Nacht” + slideshow screening with live music at Hotel Bogota.
April 30th in Vienna: opening of the Wien + Berlin exhibition with Kay von Aspern.
The latest issue of the outstanding Radiate Street Photography Magazine is out and features 16 pages of photographs + an interview with Kay von Aspern. You may order Radiate Magazine in the printed version or download the PDF for free.
If you are around Vienna remember the opening of Kay von Aspern + Christian Reister’s exhibition at eigensinnig next week.
Kay von Aspern and Christian Reister’s joint project is heading for it’s next station – Vienna. Find all details on the Website of eigensinnig Schauraum für Mode und Fotografie and the Facebook event page.
Last copies of the book are also available online.
“Nacht” (“Night”) is the title of Christian Reister’s latest series of black/white photos taken at clubs, bars, dives, takeaways and other settings of the Berliner nightlife. A first excerpt from the ongoing project will be shown in a solo exhibition at the legendary Hotel Bogota, photoplatz/Kabinett, near Kurfürstendamm, Berlin. The photos don’t show the usual glamorous pictures one might expect from the glossy magazines. Reister is interested in the collateral damages of a night gone awry and focuses on the side scenes.
At the evening of the opening there will be a special live performance of the musicians Andreas Albrecht and Marco Ponce Kärgel playing songs from Albrecht’s latest album “TAGEBUCHt” along with screenings of many more photographs from Reister’s NACHT project.
[ NACHT ] Opening: Friday, April 26th, 7pm
Live music + screening perfomance: 8pm
[ NACHT ] Photographs by Christian Reister
April 27th – May 24th, 2013
Hotel Bogota, photoplatz Kabinett, Schlüterstraße 45, 10707 Berlin
Open daily from 8am to 11pm.
Seconds2Real member Alexander Magedler’s next exhibition will open March 20th at Galerie Lumina, Vienna. Alexander will exhibit photographs from Teheran, Isfaha and Hamadan.
Christian Reister and Kay von Aspern show special and very offbeat moments, encounters, discoveries and nuances of every day life from the capitals of Vienna and Berlin in a joint project. Originally inspired by Natalie Opocensky and Thorsten Strasas’ Wien | Berlin exhibition last year, Seconds2Real colleagues von Aspern and Reister create their very own version of the topic by mixing and mashing some of their best photographs from recent years in one show. This joint project it is not only an exhibition project, it’s a book project also.
Check the facebook event page for the Berlin show opening in just three weeks.
Hiroyuki Koshikawa is a young photographer from Japan who currently lives in Berlin. Hiroyuki came to our attention only recently and we really do like his fresh perspective. We are happy to give him the opportunity to show some of his images on our website.
More of Hiroyukis work can be found here:
Poaching beyond the territories of street photography Christian Reister did a portrait series in the streets of New York City last year. The NEW YORKERS exhibition will open this Friday at playing with eels gallery in Berlin Kreuzberg. Musical guest will be Andreas Albrecht with Urban soundscapes from New York.
Read and interview about the project on the Finnish blog PhotoArtTalk.
A selection of the Seconds2Real photographers personal favourites taken in 2012 – Enjoy, and please let us know what you think.
Seconds2Real’s Natalie Opocensky / Thorsten Strasas, Kay von Aspern and Elisabeth Schuh participate at the group exhibiton SELECTED ::: AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Public opening: Dec 3rd, 7 p.m. @ gallery 33 Temporary [Con] Temporary, Design Tower Vienna – Stilwerk. We are looking forward to meeting you! Check
the official website for further information.
Natalie Opocensky (Vienna) and Thorsten Strasas (Berlin), both members of Seconds2Real, are showing their project “wien | berlin” during European Month of Photography in Vienna. The pictures of the exhibition are double exposures – one exposure taken by Natalie Opocensky in Vienna, the other one taken by Thorsten Strasas in Berlin.
“Der erwartete Zufall” (the expected accident) is the title of Siegfried Hansen’s solo exhibition opening on Friday, August 31th at the Gallery kunst|nah in Hamburg. Along with the exhibition there will be an artist talk on Sept. 11 at the gallery.
Dougal Squires from Slow Travel Berlin did an interview with Seconds2Real member Christian Reister. Check it out here.
leicaliker.com published an interview with Seconds2Real photographer Siegfried Hansen. Enjoy.
die-frau.at published another interview, this time with Seconds2Real member Guido Steenkamp. Check it out here.
die-frau.at published an interview with Seconds2Real member Kay von Aspern. Check it out here.
Frank Silberbach is best-known for his series „Berlin 140°“ that is realized with a panoramic camera since 2004. On the occasion of his exhibitions in Galerie im Rathaus Tempelhof and Galerie Tempelhof Museum opening in Berlin this week, we met Frank to discuss his photographic approach and how he ended up making panorma photos of his hometown Berlin after travelling around the world for 15 years.
This interview is in German. You may use translate.google.com for a rough translation.
This is part 2 of our little interview series with German street photographers. Rudi Meisel was born in Wilhelmshaven in 1949, has attended high school in Osnabrück and studied photography with Otto Steinert and Erich vom Endt at Folkwang School in Essen. Since 1971, nearly all the relevant weekly newspapers and magazines in Germany and the Western countries published his photographs. He is a founding member of the photo agency VISUM. In addition to photojournalism, he has worked occasionally for advertising and is now a lecturer also, working at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie und Gestaltung and the VISUM-photography school in Berlin.
This interview is in German. Click here for a very rough translation by google.
Andreas Herzau, one of the best known contemporary street photographers from Germany, was kind enough to meet us for an interview in his apartment in Hamburg. We talked about his outstanding new book “Herzau | Moscow | Street” as well as his previous book projects, about his unique style and street photography in general.
This interview is in German. Click here for a very rough translation by google.
The current issue of LFI Leica Magazine features seven pages with photographs of SeondsReal photographers Guido Steenkamp and Siegfried Hansen. The magazine is available as a German and an English version. www.lfi-online.de
Thanks to everyone who has visited the Vienna exhibition so far. Approx. 250 to 300 people visited the opening night and the first regular opening days last weekend. In the context of the Seconds2Real group show ORF and viennarama published nice interviews, the Austrian Seconds2Real members were even invited to do a live radio interview on Superfly radio. We have some photographs from the opening at Anzenberger Gallery on Facebook. The exhibition is running until April, 13th.
Seconds2Real members Kay von Aspern and Siegfried Hansen are among the 16 finalists of this year’s International Street Photography Award and will be part of the finalist’s exhibition at London Festival of Photography in June 2012.
In 2012, over 2,400 photographers entered the second International Street Photography Awards. From a shortlist of 50 photographers, 16 finalists were selected and will be included in the International Street Photography exhibition at 29-31 Oxford Street from 1 to 30 June 2012. The winner and two runners up will be revealed during the festival.
Check all the finalists here.
The March issue of the German magazine “Photographie” contains a 6 page feature about Siegfried Hansen and his unique graphical street photography style. Along with some of his best photographs from the last view years, Hansen explains his approach and how the images were made.
Exhibition of Contemporary Austrian and German Street Photography at the Anzenberger Gallery in Vienna
After the huge success of Seconds2Real’s “fascination street” exhibition in Berlin with more than 650 visitors last year, “fascination street” is now coming to Vienna. We are very pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition at Anzenberger Gallery in Vienna March 31st – April 13th, 2012.
In the exhibition “fascination street goes vienna” the photographic collective Seconds2Real shows contemporary street photography focusing on Germany and Austria. Opposed to the traditional strongholds of street photography like Paris, London or New York they are drawing attention to Berlin, Munich or Vienna. The long history of street photography is continued by the Seconds2Real photographers today with a contemporary view on public life.
Participating photographers are Alexander Magedler (Vienna), Andreas Stelter (Minden), Christian Reister (Berlin), Elisabeth Schuh (Vienna), Friedrich Schiller (Vienna), Guido Steenkamp (Berlin), Kay von Aspern (Vienna), Mario Cuic (Munic), Natalie Opocensky (Vienna), Siegfried Hansen (Hamburg) and Thorsten Strasas (Berlin).
We would be happy to have the pleasure of welcoming you and invite you warmly to join us at the Vernissage, Friday, March 30th, 7pm. In parallel to the exhibition we will also do free Gallery Talks & Tours attended by many of the Seconds2Real photographers. Please see Gallery Talks & Tours dates below.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Zeinlhofergasse 7 | A-1050 Wien
Find it on google maps
Running time and opening hours
March 31st – April 13th, 2012
Mo – Fr 10am-6pm | Sat – Sun 2-5pm | closed April 8th and 9th
Public Opening: Friday, March 30th, 7pm
Gallery Talk & Tour
Saturday, March 31st, 2-5pm
Sunday, April 1st, 2-5pm
Saturday, April 7th, 2-5pm
Thorsten Strasas’ series “Berlin. Grey.” ist currently on exhibition at FENSTER61. FENSTER61 is a Berliner photo exhibition place in a shop window in Mitte. The exhibition will be up until the 14th of February.
From the press release:
The urban human being lives. With and within major city architecture, as well as within the spaces of urban centers. Cramped or crushed to death by wideness, occasionally like a redundant relict out of a time when he himself was the center of the colony. Crowded to the border and left over – not knowing, whereto with himself and still meeting himself along the way.
Thorsten Strasas sees and shows encounters between the human being and his environmental space. Pictures these moments and shows the rest of disappearing individuality in urban space.
More on the FENSTER61 website
If you can’t make it to visit the exhibition in Berlin check this new video on vimeo.
With all the crazy stuff happening since we openend our exhibition in Berlin, we almost forgot to mention that we have been featured by the Leica Blog recently.
All updated information about the upcoming Seconds2Real group show at MEINBLAU Kunsthaus in Berlin.
In the exhibition “fascination street” the photographic collective Seconds2Real shows contemporary street photography focusing on Germany and Austria. Opposed to the traditional strongholds of street photography like Paris, London or New York they are drawing attention to Berlin, Munich or Vienna. The long history of street photography is continued by the Seconds2Real photographers today with a contemporary view on public life.
In the exhibition “From Distant Streets,” curator and photographer Richard Bram has gathered together the work of 29 photographers working around the globe in a multitude of styles but with one common thread: their photographs are of unposed, unrehearsed Reality.
We are thrilled to announce “fascination street”, Seconds2Real’s first exhibition of contemporary Street Photography. The Berlin show opens 15th October 2011 and runs for two weeks. We will be showing more than 100 prints at the unique MEINBLAU Kunsthaus.
Check out the August issue of the Professional Photographer Magazine. As part of their “Hit the Streets” special they have a three-page feature about Seconds2Reals Siegfried Hansen.
Martin Gommel vom KWERFELDEIN Fotografie Magazin war so freundlich ein Interview mit uns zum Thema Street Photography in Deutschland zu führen. Das Interview findet Ihr im KWERFELDEIN Blog.
A quick selection of street shots taken by Seconds2Real photographers in Q2/2011.>Enjoy, and please let us know what you think.
In context of the Look11 Liverpool Photography Festival festival, Seconds2Real is exhibiting some work at Bold Street Coffee in Liverpool. The images are shown from 15th June until 13th July, 2011.
For a quick preview please check out the blog of Sara T’Rula’s who kindly organized the exhibition for us.
Bold Street Coffee Opening Times:
Sara will also be publishing an interview series with our photographers on her blog in the next couple of weeks.
When you think of Vienna, one doesn’t immediately think of quirky street photography, but Kay von Aspern has a gift for finding it. Born in Germany, now living in Vienna, Kay is a “Collector of Moments”.
A member of the German-Austrian street photographer collective seconds2real, Kay looks for those unique juxtapositions that can only be found with the heightened visual acuity that comes from split second observations.
Thanks to Larissa Leclair’s engagement, Christian Reister’s self published book „ALEX“, released in autumn last year, was shown at the snap! Festival in Orlando, Florida, last week and will be part of the New York Photo Festival 2011 from Thursday May 12 to Sunday May 15.
We put together a gallery of favourite street shots taken by Seconds2Real photographers in the recent three months. (more…)
Frank Schirrmeister is a Berlin-based photographer whose work has been exhibited in Germany, Poland, France and Lithuania. He studied Modern History and European Anthropology as well as Film Studies before he turned to photography.
We just launched the Seconds2Real Vimeo Channel to showcase our members photo slideshows as well as other video content related to the Seconds2Real Street Photography co-operative. Have a look and enjoy!
Thomas Kern released an outstanding photobook called „A Drug Free Land“ last year. The pictures were taken within eight years when he travelled a multitude of states in America. Read our interview where he tells us about his feelings towards the USA and his photographic approach and win a signed copy of the book.
In the context of the release party of his latest book „FY“ at 25books in Berlin Michael Wolf – well known for books and exhibition projects such as Tokyo Compression, Hongkong Inside Outside, Transparent City or his latest Google Street View project – was kind enough to answer some questions for the FEATURE section of the Seconds2Real website.
On Feb. 12 there’ll be an evening with Seconds2Real at exp12 Gallery in Berlin. Christian Reister, Guido Steenkamp, Thorsten Strasas (all from Berlin), Andreas Stelter (Minden), Mario Cuic (Munic), Siegfried Hansen (Hamburg), Natalie Opocensky (Vienna) will introduce their works and the concept of Seconds2Real in open discussion with the audience.
A documentary about Seconds2Real member Christian Reister’s Street Photograhy project ALEX. Exctracts from the book and an interview with the photographer.
The first interview in months is an amusing one. Please enjoy an interview with Street Photographer Andrew Stark aka ‘Nowhere Man’ from Australia.
Seconds2Real is delighted to announce that Berlin based photographer Christian Reister joined our co-operative today.
In terms of Street Photography, Christian Reister is perhaps best known for his book ALEX which gained a great deal of attention when it was published some weeks ago.
Good to have you aboard Christian!
One event, seven Seconds2Real-Photographers. Their view on Austrian’s annual military show case.
We asked you: Which other german photographer took this picture at the same spot the ALEX images were taken?
The picture “On Alexanderplatz, Berlin” was taken by german photographer and movie director Wim Wenders.
We received thirteen correct answers and picked the winner out of the hat last night. A copy of ALEX goes to Joanma Ferrer from Barcelona.
Congrats to Joanma! Thanks to all who took part.
The 2010 Seconds2Real group members met in vienna for four days last week. Besides discussing prints, enjoying austrian food & beer and doing some shooting together, we have been busy making plans for next year.
The long awaited ALEX photobook by Berlin based photographer and long-time Seconds2Real friend Christian Reister is finally available.
ALEX is the short term for Alexanderplatz, a large public square in the central Mitte district of Berlin. Despite the German reunification 20 years ago, the Alexanderplatz has retained its socialist character, including the much-graffitied “Fountain of Friendship between Peoples”. Between 2008 and 2010 Christian Reister photographed daily life at Alexanderplatz using only a small compact camera set to panorama mode (for all you gearheads out there, a Panasonic LX3).
It’s about one year ago that i first saw Christians ALEX images. Already at the first look it was pretty obvious to me that Christian had created something very special. ALEX is not just another ‘best of street photography compilation’. It’s a stunning series of street photographs that actually work as a whole, an outstanding reflection of life at Alexanderplatz (which i personally consider as beeing the most depressing place in Berlin).
Over the recent months i have been following the creation of ‘ALEX the book’ closely. Christian Reister decided to bring out the ALEX series as a self-published photobook printed in Berlin. For those interested in self-publication: Make sure to check out blog61 for the documentation of this books creation process.
ALEX is sold through Christian Reisters website. This fairly priced book is highly recommended and certainly a good investment for those interested in european street photography.
written by Guido Steenkamp
Seconds2Real member Andreas Stelter has been selected by Bill Henson as a winner of the “Capture The Fade photography competition” for the australian art and culture journal Ampersand Magazine.
‘in light’ from the Seconds2Real theme section. Though being a basic principle of photography – here light becomes the dominating stylistic device of the composition.
Seconds2Real members Elisabeth Schuh and Kay von Aspern are participating in the “f.ort.be.weg.en” group exhibition as a part of the Vienna month of photography.
Featured next in our Seconds2Real series of interviews with famous street photographers is vienna-born photographer and filmmaker Robert Rutöd. Robert Rutöd is perhaps best known for his photographic projects “less is more“, “grayscales” and “right time right place“.
Robert Rutoed also made numerous short feature films with screenings worldwide.
Thames & Hudson published ‘Street Photography Now’. This book is the first survey of leading street photographers in twenty years, “Street Photography Now” celebrates the work of nearly fifty image-makers from across the globe.
The peruvian ‘UNE MOMENT’ photo magazine published the work of three seconds2real members in their latest issue. Issue No. 5 shows images by Andreas Stelter, Ronny Künniger and Guido Steenkamp.
‘urban wildlife’ from the Seconds2Real theme section. The voice of nature is even noticed in the urban surrounding. Enjoy!
We are happy to bring to you the very first interview presented on the Seconds2Real website. We are honored to have none other than the incredible talented Danny Santos II as our first guest.
Austrian photographer and long-time Seconds2Real friend Natalie Opocensky joined Seconds2Real.
Good to have you onboard Natalie!
“Der Hamburger Fotograf Siegfried Hansen hat sich der Street-Photography verschrieben. Seine Neugierde und sein Instinkt helfen ihm bei der Entstehung eines gelungen komponierten Bildes…”
“Ich habe schon immer gerne die Dinge beobachtet… wie die Menschen sich bewegen, wie sie in ihrer Umgebung wirken. All das hat mich schon immer sehr fasziniert…”
Alex Magedler has a huge feature on the 591 photography blog, showing 6 of his galleries.
Famous Street Photography group In-Public announced the publication of 10, a hardback book of two hundred in-public street photographs from the last ten years.
If you are in Hamburg sometime between the 7th of may and the 2nd of august, Tiefenthal certainly is the best place for lunch.
“All you have to do is to step out on the street and have your camera ready to record the small details of daily lives…”
Seconds2Real photographers Kay von Aspern and Siegfried Hansen are both featured in the first issue of Nick Turpins “Publication”.
“At some point I started to capture the moments when I noticed something unusual or funny – just small details of daily lives…”
“In Hamburg, kurz vor Weihnachten, hatte der Fotograf seine ganz persönliche Begegnung mit der Faszination des Unvollkommenen…”
FENSTER61 is an approx. 2 by 2 meter shop window in the very busy Torstraße, near subway Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin Mitte.
FENSTER61 is not a gallery. FENSTER61 doesn’t have opening hours, since the visitor is in a public space. The window is lit at night.