(Süddeutsche Zeitung 2021-08-28)
Exhibition at Galerie KUNSTWILD in Berlin:
»schöner wärs wenns schöner wär«
Fotografien von Christian Reister und Christoph Schieder
Vernissage und Buchvorstellung am 14. August 2021, ab 19:00
Ausstellung vom 15. – 29. August 2021
open: So 15:00 – 18:00 und nach Absprache
This year’s Finzineist Vienna is virtual only, but it’s great to be part of it: Fanzineist Vienna Art Book & Zine Fair 2021 – Online Edition – 26.07 – 26. 08. 2021. Check everything out here: linktr.ee/fanzineistvienna
On 26 August, 2021 there’ll be a live talk about my work as publishing artist.
21:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Christian Reister is a photographer and self-publisher from Berlin. He mainly shoots personal work in the subjects of street photography and portraiture. He publishes his projects, often photographed over many years, in books and in his own zine series “Driftwood” (12 issues since 2016). In addition to his self-published art books, “Berlin Nights” was published in 2018 by the prestigious London publisher Hoxton Mini Press.
Here’ the new one! Limited to 60 numbered copies: Driftwood 11 | GHOSTS.
Join us on the Phooks Online Photobook Talk #002. Guest: Christelle Enquist, co-founder of The Raw Society and Christian Reister, photographer and self-publisher from Berlin.
Fill in this form and you will get an invitation link to join the talk via Zoom on December 3 on 8:00pm UTC+0 – which means 9 pm in Germany.
10×15 cm prints on 13×18 Hahnemühle Baryta, 325 g/m2. with black wooden frame and passepartout 20c26 cm.
Fr., 23.10.2020: 16 – 20 Uhr
Sa., 24.10. und So., 25.10.2020: 11 – 20 Uhr
Studio Christian Reister, Torstr. 61, 10119 Berlin
im Rahmen des Monat der Fotografie-OFF Berlin 2020
Ich werde Previews auf neue Arbeiten zeigen, Portaitserien und Siebdrucke.
Und es gibt natürlich auch Bücher und Zines.
Es wird leider keine Vernissage geben, da die Räume klein sind und nur wenige gleichzeitig rein können. Bitte bringt Masken mit und haltet euch an die üblichen Regeln. Auch wenn die Umstände sind, wie sie sind, freue ich mich auf ein besonderes Wochenende!
I will show previews of new works, portrait series and silkscreen prints.
And of course there will be books and zines.
Unfortunately, there will be no vernissage, because the rooms are small and only a few can enter at the same time. Please bring masks and stick to the usual rules. Even if the circumstances are as they are, I am looking forward to a special weekend!
This is going to be an OPEN AIR EVENT with BIG prints.
I am very much looking forward to it!
Stop by at the opening on Sunday, Oct. 04, 2pm
(Photo on the flyer: Hotel Bogota by Christian Reister)
Since the beginning of the year I have (re-)discovered my passion for screen printing and have now put together a few editions. The editions vary between 20 and 55 pieces depending on the motif. Sheet size mostly about 40×30 or 30×42 cm (Din A3). The gorilla print below is on 40x50cm cardboard.
Although excellent as editions, most prints are unique, because the motif is printed in different colours and variations on different papers. You can purchase some of them at Supalife Kiosk in Berlin or you may arrange a studio visit with me. Drop me an email if you want to order a print or come by for a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berlin 2012 / 2020 (Gorilla), Edition of 30, 27×40 cm on 40x50cm cardboard. 2 color print.
New York 2017 / 2020 (Smartphone), edition of 26, 30×42 cm, 2 color print
Paris 2018 / 2020 (Metro), edition of 22, 30×42 cm, 2 color print
New York 2017 / 2020 (Subway), edition of 22, 30×42 cm, 2 color print
Smoker 2019 / 202, edition of 25, 30×42 cm, 2 color print
Some more variations are on instagram
The new Driftwood zine is here. It’s the tenth issue. And the seventh with “Berlin” as the subtitle. Who would’ve thought that, when I started out with Driftwood four years ago… Here are some thoughts on how it all begann, a little bit of „making of“ and a glimpse into the future.
It’s nice to publish your own zine series
When I started with the first issue of Driftwood in April 2016, I had the loose idea to publish different works, which are created “on the side” from time to time in a zine series. Number one was essentially made up of photographs, which were not taken into account in the compilation of my 2015 book “Alle Kartzen Grau”, because they didn’t want to fit into the flow of the book. Most of the pictures were in my then new photo film “The Whispering Noise” and I saw the zine format, which was new for me, as the right way to combine these 22 photos on 40 pages as a little story short story for itself.
Driftwood number 2 was a road trip issue with a compilation of photos from a 3 weeks trip through the USA – from Chicago to Santa Monica, following the historic Route 66. I have made the zine very quickly after returning to Berlin. But already with number 3 I was back in Berlin. And with No. 4 also, an issue a little bit more focused on portraits. Instead of always tackling new topics, paper, designs, Driftwood became something like a serialized novel. With the addition of Warsaw and Vienna, but then again: Berlin, Berlin, Berlin – I think I still find the most interesting pictures on my own doorstep.
Same logo, consistant style
What has remained since the first number is the lettering and a very stringent layout. A5, red Driftwood logo, everything else: black and white. And if in doubt: a little more black than white. Ever since the first issue, Driftwood was printed by SolidEarth in Berlin, in digital offset. Great people there, who really make an effort.
Direct online distribution works (on a small scale)
The distribution of the zines, which are limited to only 50 pcs., was exclusively done through my own website in the first years. No. 1 to 4 and no. 5 to 8 could be subscribed. So you would pay once and every three months there was a new Driftwood in your mailbox. I think this is a very nice form of distributing. I was very happy about each of my 36 subscribers from 12 (!) different countries all over the word. Sometimes there were goodies, a photo print or silk-screen printed envelopes.
After eight issues I needed some air and loosened the regularity. Especially since in 2018 the compilation of the book „Berlin Nights“, my first book published by an international publisher, was about to be done. In „Berlin Nights“, about 30 of the photos from the first Driftwood booklets reappear, also three from “Alle Katzen Grau”. The other half of the pictures have been published for the first time in this book.
Artist book fairs + local stores
Meanwhile, I’ve been to Art Book Fairs with my zines and books, e.g. in Berlin and Sofia. It’s always interesting to get people’s direct response to your publications. And it’s always great for new inspirations and connecting to other self-publishers. Unfortunately, however, I don’t get enough time to participate in such events internationally.
Apart from that there is exactly one shop in Berlin and one in Paris that sell the zines: the Supalife Kiosk and Yellowcube Gallery. If you want to have a look and browse through the zines – there are usually several issues available there.
And now: the subscription model is back
While the first Driftwood numbers are sold out since a long while, I published Driftwood 9 as a single issue last autumn – without the subscription contract. And now comes issue 10: If you like, you can order the single issues in the online shop or – as at the beginning of the series – take out a subscription. Two issues now + the next two by the time they will come out. Somewhen until the end of the year.
Pictures from Driftwood 10, 9 and unpublished ones.
Mittwoch, 19.02.2020, 19 – 23 Uhr
An evening with the distinguished gentlemen of NUTS ROYAL
at the one and only super-funky SUPALIFE
Raumerstr. 40 + 10437 Berlin
Nuts Royal ist die Hochzeit zwischen einer selbstgedrehten Zigarette in der Dachkammer und einer warm getragenen Bierflasche im Inneren der Manteltasche. Es ist frech. Es ist schrill. Und vor allem ist es die Reaktion der Hand eines Zeichners auf die Bilder eines Fotografen. Eindrücke und Gedanken aus dem Alltag zweier Berliner Flaneure. Knackige Acrylfarben kommentieren die harten Schwarz-Weiß-Bilder, kitzeln die monochrome Bildwelt und ärgern den Betrachter beim schauen. Nuts Royal ist das 2019 ins Leben gerufene, spontane Projekt des Künstlers Oliver Buhlig und des Fotografen Christian Reister. Uns gefällt besonders die Spontaneität des Projekts und die Verschmelzung von Zeichnung und Text mit der Fotografie.
Vernissage: Freitag, 17. Januar, 19 Uhr
Ausstellung: Samstag, 18. Januar — Mittwoch, 4. März
The new book by Jens Pepper is fresh from the press.
25 Interviews (in German) + 25 portraits taken by me.
The cover photo is from my last Driftwood Zine.
Free with every order in my online kiosk.
Nice Publication in Esquire Russia, Oct. 2019
The new one is out now. Ships next week.
Limited edition. 50 numbered copies.
almost noone there.”
– Mann –
Driftwood 9 | Berlin
buy now 12 euro + pp
Supalife Kiosk is the only local store in Berlin that has some early Diftwood zines still in stock as well at my books Alle Katzen Grau and Berlin Nights. Support your local dealer and also check out the great works of Der Anonyme Plakatabriss, Sergej Vutuc, Holger Biermann, Pogo Books and many others.