Book launch


Illustrated book published by Edition Bildperlen

Curated by Wolfgang Zurborn

In bookshops from mid October

Book presentation on Sunday, January 7, 2024, 3:00 pm
at Atelier Stammhirn, Stammstraße 44, 50823 Cologne-Ehrenfeld

In attendance will be: The editors Valeska Achenbach, Ralph Pache and Andreas Varnhorn, the project manager Kordula Jambor and the curator Wolfgang Zurborn

Lockdowns, event and travel restrictions - the Corona pandemic shaped everyday life in Germany for two years. How did people experience this exceptional time? 89 photographers (almost all of them FREELENS members) from German-speaking countries set out with their cameras in search of answers, in order to give meaning and structure to their professional lives, which were forced to come to a standstill.

The five-member editorial team Valeska Achenbach, Gustavo Alàbiso, David Baltzer, Ralph Pache and Andreas Varnhorn, together with project manager Kordula Jambor, put a lot of heart and soul into the project over a period of two years. They are pleased that with the well-known Cologne lecturer and photographer Wolfgang Zurborn a prominent photographic person could be won as curator, who detached the respective pictures from their context and put them together in a new, multi-layered overall composition. The book was designed by the renowned Hamburg photographer and graphic designer Nicole Keller. The result is the photo book CALL IT CORONA, an impressive photographic document of our time that, beyond clear and ideologically pointed concepts, raises fundamental questions about living together in a community through precisely seen and subtly felt images.

It includes an essay by author and journalist Johannes von Dohnanyi and epilogues by panikrocker Udo Lindenberg and FREELENS managing director Heike Ollertz.

The project is supported by FREELENS, the professional association for photographers, and is funded by Stiftung Kulturwerk - VG Bild-Kunst.

Facts about the book

Publisher: Edition Bildperlen https://bildperlen.de/produkt/call-it-corona/
Language: German
Product: Hardcover with Swiss binding
Format: 210 mm x 280 mm
Pages: 256 pages with insert 32 pages
ISBN-Nr.: 978-3-96546-513-8
Price: 49,95 €



Closing Ceremony of the Project “Neumarkt - Nimm Platz”

August 27, 2023, 6-10 p.m. In the pavillon on the Neumarkt, Cologne

  • Finissage of the outdoor photo exhibition “Mittendrin” by Wolfgang Zurborn (curated by the PhotoBookMuseum)

  • Review of the diverse cultural programme on the Neumarkt in the last two months.

  • Music programme in the pavillon of the artist Erika Hock:

18:30-19:30 Concert by Jenny Thiele, Alternative Pop in duo with Philipp Ullrich
19:45-20:45 Concert by Hiheme (formerly Donia Touglo), Pop and Afrobeats with livedrums and dancers.
20:45-22:00 Music by DJ Arne Bunjes

The project “Neumarkt - Nimm Platz” was organised by Nadine Müseler, Hermann Koch, Claudia Saar, Marina Zielke & Helle Habenicht on behalf of the City of Cologne.

Artist Talk


Artist Talk by Wolfgang Zurborn in conversation with Frederic Lezmi

August 17, 2023, 8:30 - 10.00 p.m. In the pavillon on Neumarkt, Cologne

At the Artist Talk in the context of the exhibition „Mittendrin“, the curator of the project Frederic Lezmi (The PhotoBookMuseum) talks to Wolfgang Zurborn about his fascination with crowds. With unusual image details and the use of a flash in daylight, the photographer has created his own unique view of the leisure and consumer landscapes of the 1980s and 1990s. The large-scale installation of the images on the Neumarkt makes it possible for viewers to go on a journey through time into their own past, social imprints, collective integration and media influences from that time.

All exhibits in the exhibition were photographed in Cologne. They are part of the extensive project “Crowds”, in which Wolfgang Zurborn has investigated the phenomenon of mass culture in many German cities and also abroad.

During the Artist Talk, other early works by the photographer will be on view, ranging from documentary from documentary black-and-white photographs of German amusement parks and the carnival in Cologne in the early 1980s to the large-format photo collages at the Neumarkt subway station, which he realized together with Stefan Worring in 1987.

More information about the complete cultural program until August 28 in the pavilion of the artist Erika Hock on the Neumarkt at: https://www.stadt-koeln.de/neumarkt-kultur



Cologne 1986-1993, photographed by Wolfgang Zurborn

June 28 - August 28 2023 on the Neumarkt in Cologne, Open-Air

The exhibition is part of the project „Neumarkt – Take Place“. It is curated by the PhotoBookMuseum and sponsored by the City of Cologne. In the photo series Mittendrin, the Cologne photographer Wolfgang Zurborn goes into the leisure and consumer landscapes of the 1980s and 1990s. Driven by a fascination for crowds, he searches between street festivals and sports grounds for bizarre situations in the midst of the fun. His subjective view on things is always apparent through the sometimes unusual cropping of the images at close range. The use of a flash in daylight also gives the colourful photographs a hyper-real component. All photographs were taken in Cologne – can you recognise the different locations? „Neumarkt – Take Place“ This Summer Neumarkt, the central city square, will become a place for culture and encounters! From end of June to end of August, daily events will take place in and around the pavilion of the artist Erika Hock. Whether it’s a reading, an exhibition, music or a film screening - the entire programme is free of charge and is organised by the City of Cologne together with other actors from the cultural sector.



RAW Photo Triennale Worpswede 2023


Social, political and societal reality is characterised by changes, crises and critical moments. Whether technological innovations, ecological catastrophes, demographic upheavals or socio-cultural paradigm shifts - the world is at a turning point. With the theme “Turning Point. Turning World”, the fourth edition of RAW aims to focus on this process of radical change and to present artists whose works intensively engage with the social, political and ecological narratives of our world. The selection will be made by an (inter)national team of curators. Under the four keywords #RISK, #FAKE, #EGO and #NEXT, the central exhibitions of the RAW Photo Triennial on this year’s theme “Turning Point. Turning World”, the central exhibitions of the RAW Photo Triennial offer a mixture of current documentary and artistic photo and video works.

Exhibition #FAKE

Worpsweder Kunsthalle March 18 – June 11, 2023

Curator: Wolfgang Zurborn
Participating artists: Weronika Gesicka (PL), Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber (US), Karina-Sirkku Kurz (DE), Max Pinckers ( BE) and Torsten Schumann (DE)

The search for truthfulness and the perfection of deception do not form an insurmountable opposition for the artistic positions of the exhibition #FAKE when dealing with the photographic medium. In times of media overload with fake news, the dividing line between fiction and reality is becoming increasingly blurred. Raising awareness of this is the intention of the works presented. With a broad spectrum of photographic approaches, collective values are questioned.




Galerie im Tempelhof Museum, Berlin

November 18 2022 - January 15 2023

Opening: Thu, November 17 2022, 6 p.m. Introduction by Bill Kouwenhoven

The image worlds of a leisure and media culture, spread by film, television and the internet on monitors, screens, in magazines, posters and building facades, are so omnipresent that they can no longer be seen separately from real life. Contemporary man finds himself in a play time in which the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. With his photographs, Wolfgang Zurborn takes the viewer on a journey into a highly world of images in which scenes and objects of everyday life seem to be out of kilter.

Galerie im Tempelhof Museum
Alt-Mariendorf 43
12107 Berlin
Phone:+49 30 90277-6964

Mon closed
Tue-Sun 1-6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entry, no barrier-free access


Schichtungen des Realen

Exhibition at Kunsthaus sans titre, Potsdam
September 25 - October 30 2022

With works by:
Elena Helfrecht • Karina Sirkku Kurz • Gisoo Kim • Axel Beyer • Wolfgang Zurborn

curated by Wolfgang Zurborn