2018 – a visual review

Before I get fully immersed into 2019, a quick and mostly visual glance back into 2018.

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January 2018 the final shot for the berlin flat white series
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My niece Emilia looking at herself – image at the “Staged” exhibition, PH21 gallery in Budapest.
Original photograph taken at Robert Morat gallery in Berlin.

Exhibitions: Group exhibitions in Budapest, Athens, 2x Berlin, Dublin and in Alghero with the Berlin1020 collective. Solo exhibition at the German consulate in Temeswar, Romania.

A solo exhibition means a surprising amount of work. I’m extremely grateful for the help, support and hospitality that was offered to me by Renée Renard and Ciprian Chirileanu from the Diplomatic Art initiative in Temeswar. I couldn’t have done it without you.

It is a wonderful feeling to see my work printed and how people can relate to it, even if they know nothing about my work or myself.

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SKALAR – a mindblowing sound – light performance in former power plant in Berlin

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Bryan – last story published of the project “Scars” on the experience of violence together with author Dirk Koennecke
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Exhibition: Bruno Barbey “Passages” at Willy Brandt Haus – one of the many exhibitions I had the pleasure to see.

One of the privileges of living in Berlin: There are many wonderful photo exhibitions at all times. I feel there is so much to see and learn when visiting an exhibition.

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New Berlin: Everything in this frame was built in the last 25 years.
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The random element in street photography: I was on my way home when this scene unfolded
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The summer was endless in Berlin
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The occasional street selfie
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Berlin architecture intrigues me

I started some more urban work beyond street photography. Nothing ready yet for prime time, work in progress. I hope to complete some of it in 2019.

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The underworld of the government district in Berlin
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The reception area of the chancellery in Berlin

I had the opportunity to visit the buildings of the German Bundestag and the chancellery. See my photo essay The aesthetics of power.

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Berlin government district – still one of my favorite areas to shoot in Berlin
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One of the many political demonstrations in Berlin
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Eastside Gallery Berlin
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WIm Wenders Polaroids exhibition at C/O Berlin
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Football world championship – more like a non-event
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Seascapes I

I have always been fascinated by seascapes. Last summer I made another go at creating a seascape series. I was amazed to see how the sea actually changes faster than life on the streets. I ended up spending long hours at the beach. Here are the results Seascapes I. I’m very grateful to Michael Dooney for his insightful feedback on an earlier edit of this series. I plan to shoot more seascapes in 2019.

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Berlin Holocaust Memorial
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Folsom Berlin -> see the Folsom photo essay
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Books: I participated in several book projects. Most notably “Streetfotografie – Made in Germany” a book on street photography in Germany written by 10 German street photographers published in German language. I was very happy to see that my image “The reader” was selected for the cover. Even more happy and surprised to find out that our book won the German Photobook award in bronze.

The making of a book is a surprisingly lengthy and at times tedious process. Yet I had underestimated the joy of seeing my work in a book. There will be certainly more books in 2019, one project is nearly completed.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz shot during one of my workshops

Workshops: I did a lot group and personal workshops in Berlin. I worked with wonderful people from all over the world and all walks of life. Teaching photography has been a pure joy, even when the weather conditions were ghastly.

I also participated in two photo workshops myself. One with gallery director Michael Dooney on photography in the art market and one with photojournalist Andreas Herzau on editing series. Both very inspiring experiences.

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Berlin in December – cold, rainy and no snow

What else?

I redid my website. That turned out to be far more work than I expected. And the work is not done yet. Good thing: I’m a bit nerdy can do everything myself. Bad thing: I’m a bit nerdy and can get lost for hours tweaking irrelevant details. Big thanks to Mark Volz for designing the logo and the favicon.

And I improved my ability to say “no” more often to

  • commercial jobs that do not fit my profile
  • the many “I want something for nothing” requests
  • the “like – hunting” on Instagram
  • “pay for play” photo competitions

Social Media: In 2018 Google announced the shut-down of G+. While G+ was mostly a virtual wasteland it had a striving photo community and my main collection on G+ was followed by over 140k people (and bots). That will be gone very soon.

Lesson learnt: Social media content and reach can be gone – just like that. In the future I will post more on my website and less on social media. I also decided to open the comments on my blog.

Last but not least: It was a tremendous pleasure to meet so many wonderful people. Many thanks to everybody who was with me.

and 2019…

We will see. I will continue to create, write and teach…everything else will follow.

Photographer Berlin Martin U Waltz

Martin U Waltz is a photographer, educator and writer in Berlin. His passion is street photography. 

Martin has written and co-authored several books on street photography. Martin  has won numerous photography awards and his work has been shown in exhibitions around the world. 

Martin is a passionate photography teacher. He offers street photography workshops and personal photo coaching in Berlin.


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4 thoughts on “2018 – a visual review”

  1. Eine enorme Bandbreite, die du da zeigst und beschreibst. Schön, das du da auch zu einigen Bereichen No sagen kannst. Wenn ich dir etwas für’s Neue Jahr wünsche, dann das: weniger Zeit für Zeitfressendes.

    • Vielen Dank, lieber Ernst Wilhelm. Ich denke, dass das leidenschaftliche “Ja” sagen zu einigem das ebenso leidenschaftliche “Nein” sagen zu vielem bedeutet. Nur das “Nein” sagen, fällt ungleich viel schwerer.

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