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SHARDS OF TIME: NORTHERN IRELAND, 1981

As we are on the verge of releasing our next issue, here is a short excerpt from our still current and not to be missed mono.kultur #37 with war photographer James Nachtwey talking about his first big assignment on the civil war in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s:
You once mentioned how [...]

OSTALGIA REVISITED

It’s one of the curiosities in life that the world’s largest collection of East German design and objects should be housed in Los Angeles, of all places. While nostalgia for the DDR is mildly frowned upon in Germany, America has a little more distance and can just revel in the charme of the past. A [...]

SHARDS OF TIME: 9/11, NEW YORK

With so many other things going on, we should not forget about our current and hugely inspiring issue #37 with war photographer James Nachtwey. Every now and then, we will publish a few images that he talks about in our interview or elsewhere. We’ll start with elsewhere, because as you might have noticed, Nachtwey is [...]

THE MATING DANCE

You won’t believe what birds are able to do unless you have watched this:
A Cornell Lab scientist and National Geographic photographer worked together on an 8 years project to capture the entire spectrum of the so-called Birds of Paradise, which are domiciled in New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands.
39 species of such are mind-blowing to [...]

“IS THE MUSEUM A BATTLEFIELD?”

Filmmaker, visual artist, author Hito Steyerl asks:
“…armed forces fire flares to add to the confusing scene of giant smoke plumes, ambulance horns, and faces illuminated by mobile phone screens. At the Cultural Center, a brilliant, all-female group of culture workers and municipality officials discusses the role of art with me. I pan to frame [...]

CONSECRATED

In Residence: Ricardo Bofill
The architect of holy,dystopic, fairy-tale spaces…

MAY THE CIRCLE REMAIN UNBROKEN

With Instagram and virtually every other photographer shooting from the hip these days, it’s easy to forget that 20 years ago, that kind of snapshot photography was entirely unacceptable in a commercial context. With pioneers in casual snaps for high end fashion such as Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans and Terry Richardson having ascended to super [...]

FOOTBALL CULTURE 01

The world cup in Brazil is in full swing (and we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t interested, with the games running in the background more often than not), with Germany in the spotlight once again tonight. In the meantime, our dear friend and photographer Christian Frey has teamed up with journalist Kai [...]

THE TRUE ANTHEMS OF THE WORLD CUP

With the World Cup going on all the attention seems to be focused on Brazil, and eventually the country’s social situation becomes a topic. It’s no news that Brazilian favelas are a main issue that, until recently, seemed to deserve little attention from the side of the country’s ruling class. But with the mass cleansing [...]

WHEN I WAS

One of the films I look forward to most this summer: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. While the title draws multiple definitions only similar in abstraction, Linklater–the versatile, the skillful, and just shy of master-status–manages to distill that bittersweet expanse of time in this massive work. Capturing twelve years in narrative through the aging cast, the film [...]