In his new book entitled BERLIN NOIR, Miron Zownir documents the timeless urban melancholy and the wild life of Berlin...
At the same time it is a retrospective of Zownir’s photographs, which were created between 1978 and 2016. In 1978, Berlin was more than ever the mecca of nonconformists and artists. An urban oasis of the unsuitable, which promised unrestricted development. A city that has always hovered over the magic of transformation, then as now.
Zownir's works from West Berlin hemmed in by the "death strip", the inner german border, document the rebellious weltschmerz of punks, the social hopelessness of dropouts, drug addicts, casual labourers or the homeless. His recent works, however, show examples of the "Anything goes" in the Berlin clubs, the celebrated body cult of the Love Parade or commercial sex events, which in turn testify to a seemingly boundless freedom. But here, too, the gloomy abstraction of the black and white breaks the surface and reveals the rushing escape into pleasure and pain, solitude in the mass, a depressing premonition of the "morning after".
One thing, however, seems to have remained the same: Berlin is still the longing destination for freaks and slender birds of paradise from all over the world. From the very beginning Zownir gave this extraordinary human being and their "otherness" his attention. Also a number of Berlin originals such as Bruno S., the thickest whore of Germany, Molly Luft, Ben Becker or Iris Berben find their appearance in BERLIN NOIR. His portraits do not remain silent. They are relentlessly expressive and emotional and create a force field in which the individuals become visible with their cultivated passions, in everyday situations, exceptional circumstances or even at the abyss.
From the very beginning Zownir paid attention to these extraordinary people and their "otherness". His portraits however are not silent, they are bluntly expressive and emotional. They create a field of energy in which each individual with their own cultivated passions becomes visible, whether they are depicted in everyday situations, states of emergency or simply standing at the abyss. Since almost 40 years, Miron Zownir is considered to be one of the most radical photographers in the world, and his photographs have been presented in numerous exhibitions around the world, including the Fotomuseum Winterthur / Switzerland and Hamburg Deichtorhallen (House of Photography). He was nominated as "Visual Leader" at LEAD AWARD 2016 and 2015.