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Once upon a time in Tilsit

Tilsit? Is not the cheese coming here? Yes, that’s right. At least originally. Today the cheese is produced elsewhere. Tilsit was the easternmost city in Germany, directly on the Memel. The people were self-confident citizens of Prussia with a great affection for Queen Louise – Prussia’s queen of hearts, as someone once wrote. It tried in the peace of Tilsit 1807 to wrest the French aggressor Napoleon good peace conditions for Prussia. Because of the clumsiness of her husband Friedrich Wilhelm III. not quite worked out, as historians claim. Anyway, it was worth a try.

Many celebrities come from Tilsit: the romantic poet Max von Schenkendorf (“The Freedom I mean”) and the writer Johannes Bobrowski. The “captain of Köpenick” was initially more of the previously convicted shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt from Tilsit. Also from here comes the musician and actor Armin Müller-Stahl. The 1944er was probably a particularly good year: Two “hidden champions” of music are native Tilsiter: Joachim Fritz Krauledat and Edgar Froese. Never heard? The former was to John Kay and directed more than 50 years as a frontman, the legendary band Steppenwolf (https://steppenwolf.com/p-4268-john-kay.html). The second consists founded the influential progressive rock band Tangerine Dream – a creative veteran of electronic music (www.tangerinedream-music.com).

Tilsit was a beautiful city. Not today. Today’s sovietsk, as the city has been known since 1946, is frighteningly neglected, and its many Soviet buildings are mostly ugly and rundown. There are only about 30% of the old German city left. All seven churches in Tilsit are gone, most after the war by arson or decay. Only the Kreuzkirche still exists – it is mutilated and today a factory. You have to look closely, otherwise you will ignore it.

But there is hope: The otherwise rather lazy city administration has reintroduced the Tilsit coat of arms as a coat of arms of soviets, the local city museum informs openly and committed about the German past, the Queen Luise monument is back and on the square in front of the former district court A German street train with German-language street signs and the famous Moose sculpture lovingly prepared. Many residents are historically interested and responsibly call on the city administration to stop the decay.Otherwise, the clocks in Tilsit / Sovietsk slightly slower than elsewhere. As before.

König_19 – new pictures of Königsberg-Kaliningrad

Western and modern, Russian and different, Prussian and old – that is Königsberg and Kaliningrad in one. After five years, Andreas Bromba was back in town, over 1,000 pictures are the result. Here is a selection!

BERLIN ROYAL – The new conceptual series

Royal Prussian and imperial Berlin without nostalgia and ignorance.

Mädchen in Japan, Fotografie von Andreas Bromba

Japan

Japan? Tokyo? Once you’re there, you want to go back. Why? Maybe because the people are so friendly? Or because the whole country radiates such a special peace, even in the middle of Tokyo among 17 million people? Or because everything works so well? Or because tradition exists alongside
modernity and high-tech? Probably everything together. Ride, fly or swim – otherwise you’ll miss something.

Collaboration with Chemnitz fine art auction house e-artis

Berlin, 15 January 2018 – Andreas Bromba has been invited to participate in auctions by the Chemnitz fine art auction house e-artis.

The first three photographs submitted were sold straight away between December 2017 and January 2018: two works from the successful Mystical Series and one from the photo concept berlin minimal (“Viktorias Flügel/Victoria’s Wings”). The works were offered as Alu-Dibond prints and signed by the artist (edition of 20). 

Siegessäule in Berlin

berlin minimal: Viktorias Flügel

Further information is available at www.e-artis.de

This productive collaboration will be continued!