Something Grimm in Cologne.

by Candace Kita Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies. Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures […]

Stahleck Castle, Bacharach.

Stahleck Castle stands above colourful trees and a vineyard looking over the Rhine River near the village of Bacharach in Germany, October 2018. Bacharach is a town in the Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Rhein-Nahe, whose seat is in Bingen am Rhein, although that town is not within its […]

For the Love of the Street, Frankfurt.

The European Central Bank has allowed graffiti artists to use the fence around the construction site of its new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as a public gallery where they can share their often politically charged art. Justus Becker, who helps curate paintings at the site, and fellow artist ‘Bobby Borderline’ recently completed a […]

Water Lilies Bloom in a Pond at Wilhelma Zoo.

Stuttgart, Germany Magnificent Water lilies blooming in a pond in Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany. Image Credit: Photograph by Ronald Wittek/EPA Source: A boy in a pool of tomatoes, Kenyan elections and water lilies: today’s unmissable photos | News | The Guardian

The Brothers Grimm & their dark early fairytales.

A postcard from the 1800s shows the seven dwarfs finding Snow White asleep in their bedroom. Hulton Archive/Getty Images The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes and Andrea Dezso It’s well-known that our favorite fairy tales started out darker than the ones Disney animators brought […]

The Berlin Wall: 1961-1989.

Why was the Berlin Wall erected? The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to stop an exodus from the eastern, communist part of divided Germany to the more prosperous west. Between 1949 and 1961 more than 2.6 million East Germans, out of a total population of 17 million, had escaped. Many were skilled professionals and […]

Plantscapes by Anton Kerner von Marilaun’s Pflanzenleben, 1887.

Four remarkable images from the 19th-century Austrian botanist Anton Kerner von Marilaun’s Pflanzenleben, one of his most important works. Some 20 years after its initial publication in German in 1887 the work was brought to the English speaking world in a translation by F. W. Oliver under the title The Natural History of Plants their […]

Big Hair Hits Munich in the 1960s.

The prize-winning coiffures in a contest in Munich, Germany on 1 May, 1964. They were designed for evening wear and hairdressers at the time said that anyone with a little time could copy them. Image Credit: Photograph by AP Photo Source: 1964: The World 50 Years Ago – The Atlantic

Truth, Beauty & Volapük.

Johann Schleyer on a harp given to him as a 50th birthday present by his colleagues at Sionsharfe, a magazine devoted mainly to Catholic poetry, which Schleyer edited and in which he first published on Volapük in 1879 – Johann Schleyer was a German priest whose irrational passion for umlauts may have been his undoing. […]

Compendium Of Demonology & Magic c. 1775.

A selection of pages from an 18th-century demonology book made up of more than 30 exquisite watercolours showing various demon figures, as well as magic and cabbalistic signs. The full Latin title of Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, roughly translates to “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art […]