Berlin, Second Hand

I’ve been visiting, living in and studying in Berlin since 1991, but on recent visits the city has transformed into a place I barely recognize. Tourism, gentrification and property developers are changing the city, not just in the physical sense, but also the atmosphere is changing (more commercial, less tolerant). However, one of the places where I still recognize the Berlin I knew and loved is at its flea markets. Scrappy and noble, these second hand markets occur all over the city.

My book, Berlin, Second Hand, focuses on the flea market at Mauerpark, which takes place every Sunday on a strip of land where the Berlin Wall once stood. At the moment, property developers want to build a massive apartment complex here, and Berliners are not pleased about this. The recent protests in Istanbul started because of plans to demolish a city park in order to build a shopping mall, so I wonder what will happen when construction is set to begin on these apartments in Berlin?

To me, the plight of Mauerpark says so much about Berlin’s current situation (i.e., investors and property developers are eroding Berlin’s gritty charm & driving rents up). My book contains portraits of flea market sellers and a short essay about Berlin, Mauerpark and the culture of the flea market. You can see other images from the book and read more about it here and here.

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If you click on the above “buy now” button, you can buy the book right here using your PayPal account. The book costs $20 (+ $5 shipping within the US). It is 46 pages, 5.5″ x 8.8″ and perfect bound. It contains 37 color photos and is an edition of 100 (signed and numbered). It was printed here in Los Angeles at Paper Chase Press!

If you are outside of the US, you can buy the book HERE. Shipping costs more for those of you overseas, so I’ve created a separate PayPal checkout.


~ by Valerie Palmer on June 26, 2013.

6 Responses to “Berlin, Second Hand”

  1. […] out for a while.  What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! You can even catch a glimpse of my book while you’re […]

  2. […] New York, Paris and Berlin. I should have known. Bookslut has all the answers. This is exactly what my book (Berlin, Second Hand) is about. I think Berlin’s gentrification is particularly sad because Berlin was, at one […]

  3. […] More details to come soon…(Update: the details are here!) […]

  4. […] If you’re in the US, you can buy the book here. […]

  5. […] I guess I’m not so original! It turns out someone else has made a book about Mauerpark’s flea market. Thomas Henk Henkel’s Treasure Hunters focuses on portraits of visitors and the treasures they find at Berlin’s Mauerpark. […]

  6. […] If you’re in Los Angeles, you can find my book Berlin, Second Hand at two local independent bookstores: Skylight Books in Los Feliz and Stories Books in Echo Park. You can read more about my book here. […]

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