Commissioned by the municipal authorities of Berlin, on March 27, 1952, Fritz Tiedemann took photographs of Berlin’s Fruchtstraße between the Ostbahnhof and Stalinallee. Arwed Messmer (*1964 in Schopfheim) and Annett Gröschner (*1964 in Magdeburg) used these images as the source material for their project. As in previous joint projects, photographer Messmer and writer Gröschner explore aspects of the documentary in photography. Messmer digitally joins Tiedemann’s thirty-two individual negatives to produce a single panorama portrait of Fruchtstraße and its people, a portrait that is also found in archive documents and research on the street’s history and is taken up by Annett Gröschner in her text Great Beetroot Today.
Berlin, Fruchtstrasse on March 27, 1952; historical photographs by Fritz Tiedemann; reconstructed and interpreted by Arwed Messmer (images) and Annett Göschner (texts); text(s) by Florian Ebner, Uwe Tiedemann, Annett Gröschner; graphic design by Carsten Eisfeld; German, English; 142 pp., 67 ills.; hardcover; 24.60 x 30.20 cm