In these times of nationalism and seclusion, Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard has devoted his work to one of their main symbols: borders. In his book “Human Territoriality” Eberhard demonstrates that geographic boundaries are little more than arbitrary guidelines. Every border, no matter how solid it appears, is transient and can change or indeed disappear over time – be it through war, annexation or natural disaster. Eberhard has travelled to places across the world that haven’t been demarcated for a long time. He went to the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall, took photos at Walvis Bay in Namibia and in Rydöbruk, Sweden, where an erratic glacial block once served to separate territories. In some places relics delineate former border zones; elsewhere there is nothing left to remind us of the demarcation lines of the past. This book illustrates how, little by little, nature is regaining its terrain whilst proving that borders are nothing but a fictional construct. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Roger Eberhard “Human Territoriality” Edition Patrick Frey 2020)
We are big fans of the Berliner Berg brewery, and as the weather begins to get milder the balcony once again becomes a hospitable place for one of their refreshing beers. Further good news: your next drink can be all the more rewarding. Out of solidarity with Berlin’s struggling nightlife sector, the Neukölln brewery are donating the proceeds from the next 500 crates of their lager that they sell to Clubcommission Berlin, the association representing the city’s hard-up party venues. The crisp, light lager is the perfect accompaniment to dinner or your next living room party-for-one; the best part being you can have a well-earned drink and show support for clubs and creatives too. Cheers to that. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Berliner Berg & Sophie Döring)
You can buy a crate and support Berlin’s clubs on the Berliner Berg online shop.
If you want to gain an understanding of contemporary America, you should read Teju Cole’s novels, essays and New York Times column. And if you want to get a new perspective on the world, you should take a look at his photographs. Cole does not capture the typical sights on his travels, and there’s more to his images than your typical Insta-friendly snaps. Published by Mack, Cole’s new book “Fernweh” brings together photos taken across Switzerland – from Ticino and Lake Geneva to Graubünden – over a period of five years. Cole juxtaposes images of empty hotel rooms, bus stops, dusty antique shops and viewing platforms with text fragments from Karl Baedeker’s “Switzerland: Handbook for Travelers”, an 1844 travel guide that made the Baedeker name synonymous with mass tourism amongst German speakers. With every click on the shutter release, Cole furthers his enquiry into how we can capture the essence of places so permeated by both history and picture postcard ideals. This volume is a thoughtful and much-needed visual escape. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Teju Cole, images from Fernweh – courtesy of the artist & Mack)
“Fernweh” by Teju Cole (2020, Mack).
We all love to pamper our four-legged friends, but what about the dogs that don’t get cute collars and daily hugs? As part of their RESC7UE charity project, dog design brand Cloud7 are now giving something back with a new photo book, Everydaystray, bringing to attention the less lucky dogs on the streets of Eastern Europe. The in-house produced collection of pictures from Austrian photographer Robert Altermoser documents the tough lives of homeless dogs, many of whom fear for their lives daily. With images that are by turns heartwrenching and endearing, the book shows these animals’ plight in the rawest way, making for a thought-provoking coffee table tome – the proceeds from which go to support street dogs in Bulgaria. For those looking for a more practical way to support dogs, there are also six delightful tote bags created with illustrators Walter Glassof, Michael Goodson and Anna Süßbauer to be had. Finished with an elegant silk print on organic cotton, they are a lovely – and worthwhile – tribute to our love for our furry companions. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Cloud7)
Everydaystray (2020, 80 pages, with photos from Robert Altermoser)
You can buy both the book and the tote bags online, with all proceeds going to the Everydaystray project.