Breakdancing was born on the streets of New York City in
the 1970s, emerging alongside graffiti writing, deejaying and emceeing as a
cornerstone of hip-hop culture, and it continues to be seen everywhere in the
city's streets and subways. In his book "Breakin' the City", German
photographer Nicolaus Schmidt provides a portrait of break dancers
from the Bronx and Brooklyn. At Deutsches Haus he will show these photographs
as slides carefully describing the dancer's athletic feats against the
urban fabric around them, on subway cars, in city plazas, on sidewalks and
elsewhere. Along with these dynamic action shots, in the second half of the
book Schmidt presents striking portraits of the dancers in moments of repose,
relating their often extraordinary life stories and his personal experiences
with them. Some of the dancers will come personally to join this presentation
of the first book focused on breakdance in streets of New York City.
Nicolaus Schmidt, born 1953, is a
photographer and artist from Berlin. He worked with outdoor installations as
well with painting and photography projects. In the 1980s he was president of
terre des hommes Germany, a children's right organisation. At Deutsches Haus he
showed photographs from the alternative subculture of Berlin and from his
project with NYC breakdancers.
Made possible through the generous support of Air Berlin.
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