If you read the text beneath the photographs in the workbook, you will find that many have been taken in Berlin. Why is that?
I am sure that we all have our favourite spots for photography, and mine have, for some years now, been Berlin. Even if I live in Copenhagen and spend most of my time there, it is very seldom that I bring a camera with me.
When I visited Berlin for the first time in 2007 I had the feeling that it was good for photography. I was right. Berlin has a feeling and appreciation for photography that I have found nowhere else. When I go there I always bring a camera.
But there is another catch to it.
New Street Agenda is practically born out of Berlin. In a most curious way.
I can even be more precise: It is born out of Humboldt University of Berlin. That you did not know.
Let me explain. Carl Stumpf (1848 – 1936) founded Berlin School of Experimental Psychology in 1893. There arrives Max Wertheimer (1880 – 1943) to study. Later came Kurt Koffka (1886 – 1941) and Wolfgang Köhler (1887 – 1967). Wertheimer, Koffka and Köhler are said to be the founders of gestalt psychology.
Gestalt psychology roams in the background of New Street Agenda.
Rudolf Arnheim (1904 – 2007) was a student of Max Wertheimer. He got his doctorate in 1928 on a thesis on facial expressions and handwriting. That later took him to the study of the visual arts. Implying film and photography. Arnhaim is one of the pillars of New Street Agenda.
The psychological department was located at two floors of the The Imperial Palace that today is being rebuild as a house of art and culture, Humboldt Forum.
The Imperial Palace, Berlin Schloss, was mentioned by Edmund Husserl (1859 – 1938) when he for the very first time mentioned photography in his work that later was known as phenomenology. That was in 1904. Husserl is another pillar of New Street Agenda.
You could say that New Street Agenda goes way back.
© Knut Skjærven
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