Siebrand Rehberg

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Siebrand Rehberg (born December 19, 1943 in Aurich ) is a German photographer.

Rehberg grew up in Aurich and Northern Germany and now lives and works in Berlin.


Rehberg was born in Aurich in 1943 as the son of Lieselotte Rehberg (née Habelt) and the criminalist Herbert Rehberg. During the first years of his life he grew up in Aurich and then in Norden.

Because of the father's professional changes, the family moved to Hanover. He attended the Leibnizschule grammar school there from 1954 and the Athenaeum in Stade from 1961 .

Rehberg completed an apprenticeship as a book printer in Stade between 1966 and 1969. Then he moved to West Berlin to study art. Here he began to take photos , fascinated by the city and especially the district of Kreuzberg .

1971–1976 he was a private student of Michael Schmidt and thus became the “first student” of Schmidt, who in 1976 founded the photography workshop of the VHS Kreuzberg. In addition, Rehberg began his training as a photographer at the Lette-Verein in Berlin in 1971 , which he completed in 1973. After that he was u. a. Freelance for ZEIT , ZEIT-Magazin and SPIEGEL , then as a freelance photographer in the areas of architecture, interior and cityscape. Between 1975 and 2008 he worked as a scientific photographer at the TU Berlin . In 1976 he had his first solo exhibition in the series “Berliner Kiez-Fassaden” in the Galerie Zillestrasse in Berlin. The prints for this were made using the Cibachrome process. In 1977 Rehberg led a weekend seminar at the photography workshop in Berlin-Kreuzberg (Friedrichstrasse 230 / corner Kochstrasse) on the Cibachrome process, Professor Groebler from the Free University of Berlin was a guest.

In 1980 he passed his master's degree as a photographer. During the preparatory courses he got to know the photographer Michael Sauer, who is still a photographic companion today, and with whom he has prepared and carried out several projects and exhibitions.

In 1991/92 Rehberg photographed a large part of the Minol petrol stations in the former GDR with two bellows cameras and two assistants. The photos were taken on 6x9 cm color slides for the brochure “The Color Purple”, the client was the advertising agency HC Andresen.

In 1993 the documentation was created by Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, Berlin art collectors and patrons, with an extensive collection of works by well-known painters of classical modernism. From summer 2009, large parts of the collection were open to the public as part of the exhibition Dreams of Images in the New National Gallery. The Pietzsch couple then decided to donate 60 works from the Neue Nationalgalerie's collection and to store them permanently in a future “Museum of the 20th Century” after the renovation of the picture gallery at the Kulturforum. The photographs were taken with the bellows camera as 6x9 cm and 18x24 cm color slides. The contact was made through the Reinhard Mueller architectural office.

Rehberg, Siebrand: Haus Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, 1993

From 1978 to around 2010, over 100 documentaries of Berlin town houses, as well as indoor and outdoor photos of pharmacies in Germany, mostly as 6 × 9 cm and 9 × 12 cm color slides were created.

He has been taking photos of cityscapes since 2000, especially for Schöning Verlag and Schikkus Verlag. There is now an archive of around 13,000 photographs from Berlin and Potsdam . He has also been pursuing the “Berliner Vedouten” project since 2000, taking photos from an elevated position that documents the city at different times of the year and day. First he photographed this analog with a bellows camera . Since 2004 he has switched to digital photography, with digital camera technology, the scanning of negatives and digital printing technology, he was supported by Philipp Buhrtz, née. 1981 in Wismar, who later became a well-known photographer as Philipp Baben der Erde and a well-known cinematographer after attending the film school. He won the German Camera Prize with the movie "Black Enchantment". The collaboration with him was from 1999 to 2006.

In 2014, his pictures of the divided city of Berlin from the 1970s were shown for the first time on this scale as part of the European Month of Photography in the Collection Regard in Berlin.

Erik Steffen writes in the accompanying illustrated book “Signals of the Awakening”: “The photographer kept a memory of everything, the signals of a social awakening glow. In the familiar movements, in the familiar places of his adopted home Kreuzberg, Siebrand Rehberg succeeds in taking snapshots of great intensity. Of people and their living conditions, of joie de vivre and self-assertion in an inhospitable environment. ”The DGPh writes about the photographs:“ The book shows a 'street photography' of great quality and is compatible with the book ›um / around 1979‹ (DGPh newsletter September 2014) an interesting examination of the photographic concepts of documentary photography of the 1970s. The photographs are a contemporary document far beyond the city of Berlin and an important contribution to 'street photography' in Germany. "(DB)

In 2015/16 the extensive exhibition “Europe Under Construction: Berlin 1945–2015”. The peace that has lasted for 70 years in this country and European integration have given rise to a photo exhibition about the development of Berlin. Works by over 30 photographers from America, Germany, France and Great Britain were shown, including with Jewgeni Chaldej, Arno Fischer, FC Gundlach, Barbara Klemm, Robert Lebeck, Will McBride, Jim Rakete, Henry Ries. The exhibition location was at Chausseestrasse 36, a former residence of Prussian officers, with 500 square meters of exhibition space. Rehberg was involved with 8 photographs from West and East Berlin via Collection Regard. The images from the past 70 years were able to inspire the visitor to think about the future of Europe.

From February to June 2018 the exhibition in the town hall of the Bergringstadt Teterow with photographs of Mecklenburg Switzerland. The father Herbert Rehberg was born there. Mayor Reinhard Dettmann opened the exhibition and wrote the preface for the accompanying catalog. The publicist Erik Steffen wrote the text: Dreamlike pictures - landscape without people. “A landscape like a blurred memory of one's own paths of origin. Siebrand Rehberg, a well-known city photographer, has documented the area formed by the Ice Age for more than a decade. The result is overwhelming images that look like landscapes of the soul, a homage and a farewell at the same time. Apparently untouched nature. Human traces are barely visible. "

The photographic companion on hikes for two in the Mecklenburg landscape as well as on other photographic excursions has been his wife, the social worker Gudrun Zerrath, for over 20 years. Several projects arose in preparation with her.

These photographs would not have been taken without his wife's girlfriend, Ulrike Lindemann, and Manfred Lutzmann, as they were able to live several times a year over a period of more than 10 years in their house in Waldschmidt and in a converted boathouse in Bristow on Malchiner See.

In October 2018 the photo exhibition: UNGÖNT People - Movements - City Views with 7 other photographers in the Friedrichshain / Kreuzberg Museum. In the accompanying illustrated book, Erik Steffen writes: “Siebrand Rehberg, sensitive chronicler of the Kreuzberg era 40 years ago, has been moving through his neighborhood with his camera since 2012. Curious and restless. The once silent Admiralbrücke has now become a tourist hotspot, with music everywhere and the imaginative struggle for perception or support on every street corner. His photographs are colorful, the world on your doorstep is colorful. Internationally there seems to be the need to simply live in this world, the barbs of which force some onto the street and others wander, live and let live in apparently safe terrain. A world of contrasts. "

Siebrand Rehberg lives and works in Berlin.

The collector Marc Barbey on Rehberg's cityscapes from the 1970s

“I have seldom seen pictures of the Berliners of the 1970s in this quality. You could almost smile with a smile: “Everyone is there!” I find the fact that the focus was also placed on the people and the Kreuzberg district in particular extremely interesting and exciting. Siebrand Rehberg's street photographs convinced me right away, because he managed to impressively and sensitively capture a very large part of Kreuzberg and Berlin society. With great photographic skills, he provides us with a wonderful contemporary document from people of all walks of life, both from West and East Berlin. Some of Siebrand Rehberg's motifs could become photographic icons. "


  • 1971–76: West Berlin, (60% of them Kreuzberg), street photography: signals of departure
  • 1971–76: East Berlin, street photography
  • 1971–76: Children and young people in Kreuzberg and West Berlin, street photography
  • 1972–77: Berlin neighborhood facades , photographs on Cibachrome
  • 1973: Festival of Youth and Students, East Berlin, street photography
  • 1974: 25 years of the GDR, East Berlin, street photography
  • 1975: The beggar and the Berliners , Tauentzien, 1975
  • 1978–93: West Berlin houses - architecture and interior
  • 1991: The color purple - petrol stations in East Berlin and the former GDR
  • 1993: House Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, Berlin art collector and patron
  • 1995–2010: Pharmacies in Germany, architecture and interior
  • 1998–2019: Berlin and Potsdam cityscape
  • 2000–2019: Berlin vedute , (photographs from higher points of view)
  • 2003-08: TU library, architecture and interior
  • 2003–17: Landscape Mecklenburg Switzerland
  • 2004: Dubai photographs East meet West , SB concept
  • 2005–19: Nature Metamorphosis , black and white
  • 2009–19: Nature landscape , black and white
  • 2012-19: unadorned - Kreuzberg, Cityscape and people street photography
  • 2012–19: Berlin, cityscape and people, street photography
  • 2016: Christopher Street Day , Berlin


  • 1976 Berlin neighborhood facades, Galerie Zillestrasse, Berlin & fotografisk gallery, Copenhagen
  • 2012 moments. Standstill and movement. Photographs from Kreuzberg, The Browse Gallery, Berlin
  • 2013 Porta Westfalica town hall
  • 2013 Liepnitzsee: Lake Landscape - No People, Berlin Photo Festival Browse 2013, STATION Berlin
  • 2014 City Museum Wiesbaden
  • 2014 Siebrand Rehberg - Berliner - Signals of Awakening, Collection Regard, Berlin
  • 2015 Bensheim Town Hall
  • 2015 WEST: BERLIN An island in search of the mainland, Berlin City Museum , photograph "Young people from the Georg von Rauch House 1971"
  • 2015/2016 Europe Under Construction Berlin 1945–2015 at Chaussee 36, photographs: Berliner. Signals of departure.
  • 2015: Arles OFF 2015 - Fotohaus Berlin - Collection Regard
  • 2015: Demolition and departure at Kottbusser Tor 1945–2015, FHXB Museum
  • 2016: Signals of departure, Galerie Rock-paper, Aufbauhaus, Moritzplatz
  • 2016: Ingelheim Town Hall, people in Kreuzberg
  • 2016: Arles OFF - Fotohaus Berlin - Collection Regard
  • 2017: Made in Kreuzberg, people in Kreuzberg 2012–2017 , Atelier Martina Dempf in the Remise
  • 2018: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, UNGÖNT - people, movements, cityscapes, EMOP 2018
  • 2018: Town hall of the mountain ring town Teterow, photographs Mecklenburg Switzerland


  • Bernd Hettlage: Volkswagen University Library Technical University and University of the Arts Berlin. (= The new architecture guide. 183). Photographs: Markus Hilbich, Siebrand Rehberg. Berlin 2013. [1]
  • Siebrand Rehberg - Signals of Awakening: Berlin Photographs of the Early Seventies. Texts by Erik Steffen. Nicolai, Berlin 2014. [2]
  • Renaud Vercouter (Ed.): Europe Under Construction Berlin 1945–2015. Verlag Chaussee 36, Berlin 2015. [3]
  • Marc Barbey (Ed.): Siebrand Rehberg - West Berlin 1972–1977. Text by Erik Steffen. ConferencePointVerlag, Hamburg 2015. [4]
  • Ellen Röhner, Erik Steffen (eds.): Stillstand and movement, people in Kreuzberg, photographs from the 70s and 80s , Berlin Story Verlag, Berlin 2012. [5]
  • Sophie Perl, Erik Steffen (ed.): Demolition and departure at Kottbusser Tor 1945–2015. , Photographs: Siebrand Rehberg, Berlin 2015. [6]
  • Siebrand Rehberg: Mecklenburg Switzerland. , with original photograph, signed and numbered. Text: Dr. Reinhard Dettmann, Erik Steffen, design: Peter Swoboda, edition 500, self-published, Berlin 2017. [7]
  • Ellen Röhner, Erik Steffen (eds.): UNGESCHÖNT - people - movements, city views, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, photographs 1990–2018. Berlin Story Verlag, Berlin 2018. [8]

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Corina Kolbe: Kreuzberg favorites., October 27, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2015
  2. ^ Corina Kolbe: West Berlin in the seventies. The Castles in the Air of the Anarchists Spiegel online, March 15, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2019
  3. Ronald Berg: Der Duft von SO 36., October 11, 2014. Accessed February 5, 2015
  4. Matthias Reichelt Yesterday was morning. The ravages of time in Berlin photography Junge Welt online - weekly edition 7/8, February 2015. Accessed on May 15, 2019
  5. ^ Annette Kuhn: Standstill and Awakening Die Welt Kompakt, October 6, 2014. Accessed on May 15, 2019
  6. Bernd Schäffner Berlin / Streets. Pictures of shops that no longer exist today . Retrieved May 15, 2019
  7. photo by Siebrand Rehberg Fash - Trash - Dodi Reifenberg . Retrieved May 15, 2019