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Axel Hansmann is currently showing his "Lost Places" photos at two locations in Berlin

Axel Hansmann is currently showing his "Lost Places" photos at two locations in Berlin

The Spiegel informs:

In his “Verlorene Orte” (“Lost Places”) photo series, Berlin-based photographer Axel Hansmann, 57, has managed to coax a morbid charm out of decaying architecture.

Many sites, like the Beelitz sanatorium in Brandenburg — once the largest Soviet military hospital outside of the USSR — are no longer open to the public. Others have been ruined by vandals or torn down, making Hansmann’s photos one of the only ways left to experience them.

Since 2007, Hansmann has been photographing places that might otherwise only be seen by squatters, graffiti artists and local teens in search of adventure. Ghost-town amusement parks, defunct breweries and long-abandoned power plants are among the sites he has visited. One interesting space can yield hundreds of photos in a single visit and require multiple excursions. Hansmann visited the Beelitz sanatorium — his favorite subject — a total of 13 times.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 19, 2011 at 4:24 am

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