Time Passes in Frank Thiel’s Photographs of Berlin

“The power of photography is not that it stops time, but that time keeps moving on.” — Frank Thiel

For nearly two decades, photographer Frank Thiel has captured poignant scenes of the destruction and rebuilding of post-Cold War Berlin. At right, you’ll find an image from his series set among the ruins of the NSA Field Station; it’s an abandoned listening point of the Cold War positioned at the highest point of the city of Teufelsberg—German for “Devil’s Mountain”. On a lighter note, watch a video of Thiel as he speaks about his practice (don’t forget to take note of his matching head-to-toe threads).

On view at Sean Kelly Gallery, Art Basel 2013 - Galleries, Booth N2, June 12th – 15th. Explore Art Basel.

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