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© Marcus Hammerschmitt
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UploadedJanuary 24, 2011
TakenJanuary 24, 2011
Exposure1/15 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length12.8 mm

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This is Friedrich Forssmann, during a reading of "The Conspiracy of the Carpenters" ("Die Verschwörung der Zimmerleute"), a monumental novel by German-Jewish expatriate Hermann Borchardt (1888 - 1951). Published in an abridged English version by Simon & Schuster (New York) in 1943, this novel has been brought only recently to the attention of a German speaking audience. Publishing the 1080 pages tome in a two volume edition was a major effort for publisher Stefan Weidle and his team, Friedrich Forssmann being the typographer in charge. Forssmann has also become the first (and presumably the last) to typeset another major beast of modern German literature: "Zettels Traum", a virtually ineditable monster of 1330 multi-columned pages, written in a very private orthography and punctuation by Arno Schmidt(1914 -1979). Forssmann says it took him essentially five years to do it, although he signed the contract twenty years ago. It turns out he is a gifted entertainer in presenting the works he has so stubbornly worked on as a typesetter and typographer. This picture was taken on Jan. 23, 2011 at the same location as The hardships of being a rock'n roller.

19 responses

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    I love this as a portrait. Excellent and studied composition. Quite brilliant.

  • gino di meglio

    gino di meglio gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    perfetta, splendida esposizione, bella composizione; la mano destra tagliata disturba un pò

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    excellent portrait

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Wonderful portrait!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Awesome portrait and wonderful tones.

  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (24 Jan 2011):


  • Laura Lizzet

    Laura Lizzet gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    beautiful portrait. I love the lighting and the timelessness.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (24 Jan 2011):

    So beautiful!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    What a superb candid portrait of this amazing man!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    EXCELLENT portrait! my applause

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (24 Jan 2011):

    Thank you so much for the Spotlight, Debrah.

  • ajtiM

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    E X Q U I S I T E n t r y !

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings said (29 Jan 2011):

    This is a classic portrait, one of the best portraits that I have seen for along time. It is finely composed and beautifully produced. Congratulations.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (30 Jan 2011):

    Thank you so much, Chris.

  • Doglvr

    Doglvr gave props (5 Feb 2011):

    Excellent portrait. B&w perfect choice!

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    incredible portrait! bravo!

  • Roberto Ambrosini

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  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (21 Aug 2012):

    Great portrait Marcus!

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