Fish-eye photo of Tajiri

THE BERLIN WALL

 

"During my bi-monthly trips to Berlin, I explored the Wall. It was the most fascinating piece of architecture in Berlin, and it drew me like a magnet.” - Shinkichi Tajiri

 

It took several weeks and more than 600 photos for Tajiri to photograph the entire 43 kilometers of the Wall. In 1971, Tajiri printed a small book of the photos for its tenth anniversary. In 1973 he was given a flight along the Wall in a Bell 'Sioux' helicopter from the British Royal Air Force. Tajiri made a one 20-minute, continous pan - impossible to do with a film camera without special equipment - of the entire Wall. The concept was to contain its 43 kilometers, in coded form, on 200 meters of magnetic tape. For its 20th anniversary in 1981 Tajiri made 24, full-circle panoramic photos of the Wall.

 

text: S. Tajiri, Autobiographical notations, Kempen Publishers, 1993

photo: Tajiri’s studio at the Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin, 1969. For the first two years he slept in his tent at school.

The Berlin Wall, 1969/1970
The Berlin Wall, 1969/1970

Shinkichi Tajiri, The Berlin Wall 1969/1970 Documenting the inhabited area next to the wall in over 550 photos. © Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

The Berlin Wall, 1969/1970
The Berlin Wall, 1969/1970

Shinkichi Tajiri, The Berlin Wall 1969/1970 Documenting the inhabited area next to the wall in over 550 photos. © Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

The Berlin Wall, 1969
The Berlin Wall, 1969

Shinkichi Tajiri, The Berlin Wall 1969/1970 Documenting the inhabited area next to the wall in over 550 photos. © Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

The Berlin Wall, 1990
The Berlin Wall, 1990

Photo © Shinkichi Tajiri Courtesy of the Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

The Wall
The Wall

This book marks the ten years since the building of the Wall, 1971. Printed on Tajiri’s A.B. Dick, A4 office offset press. X Press, Castle Scheres Baarlo. 100 copies, signed and numbered. © Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall

Photo © Shinkichi Tajiri Full circle panoramic photos of the Berlin Wall, 1981. © Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL
SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL

Recording the Berlin Wall, exhibition and presentation of the book SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL at the University of Arts in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2009. Curator Florian Ebner. © Photos courtesy the Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL
SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL

Recording the Berlin Wall, exhibition and presentation of the book SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL at the University of Arts in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2009. Curator Florian Ebner. © Photos courtesy the Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL
SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL

Recording the Berlin Wall, exhibition and presentation of the book SHINKICHI TAJIRI – THE BERLIN WALL at the University of Arts in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2009. Curator Florian Ebner. © Photos courtesy the Shinkichi Tajiri Estate

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