Photography in Film open air documentary screenings
Berlin is one of the world’s great cities for film and as such there are always special and unique events taking place. One such example is the Photography in Film series being held every Wednesday throughout the summer. Beginning in July, the series features 8 documentaries that focus on the works of internationally renowned photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Vivien Maier, Thomas Höpker and Sibylle Bergemann to name a few.
Fotografie im Film © Kulturprojekt
The Photography in Film screenings are a collaboration between the Museums Journal and the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography. They also take advantage of the warm summer nights by holding the screenings out door in the garden off the Baroque Palais Podewil in Mitte, with sun loungers and cold drinks to ensure maximum summer vibes.
Summer cocktails at Hotel Concorde Berlin
Many of the films being screened are high profile, with director discussions at some of the screenings. So far screenings have included Wim Wenders’ “The Salt of the Earth”, about the Brazilian photographer and environmental activist Sebastião Salgado, “Finding Vivian Maier” about the New York nanny who had a secret photography hobby that was only unearthed after her death, “Photo: Ostkreuz”, with director Maik Reichert, which explores the history and work of the Ostkreuz photo agency founded in 1990.
Film © Noom Peerapong
There are still 5 screenings ahead of us though, including “War Photographer” tomorrow night (Wed 25th July), where director Christian Frei accompanies the war photographer James Nachtwey to the Balkans and Asia.
The Photography in Film program for August is as follows:
  • August 1st “The Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher” with the director Marianne Kapfer
  • August 8 “Eyewitnesses” by Reiner Holzemer
  • August 15 “Koudelka – Shooting Holy Land”, with the director Gilad Baram
  • August 22 “Nude photography – e.g. Gundula Schulze” and ” Take a Picture. The photographer Sibylle Bergemann”.
The Photography in Film open air documentary series is being held every Wednesday through until the 22nd of August. Entry is from 8pm and films begin at 9pm, with an admission fee of €5.00. The screenings are at Palais Podewil, at Klosterstr. 68, 10179 Berlin-Mitte. Up to date information can be found on the event Facebook page.

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.

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