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Imagining the Tri Chord
With an essay by David Chandler
Published by RA Publications
ISBN 978 1 905711 10 9
ISBN 978 1 905711 22 2 (limited edition to include a signed, original print)
Distributed outside the USA and Canada by Thames & Hudson, London
Distributed in the USA by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York


These evocative images document the changing face of East Berlin. The title of the book is Nicholas Sinclair's adaptation of the musical term the tritone, an interval that creates a sense of tension and suspense, a mood evident in these haunting photographs. Divided into six themes - the Spirit, Melancholia, Conflict, Desire, Anarchy and Control - these photographs form a fascinating record of Berlin's vibrant and scarred landscape. Sinclair's painterly eye searches out marks and images left by the city's inhabitants. Working like an archaeologist he uncovers the rich layering of history in cracked and peeling paint on walls and surfaces. When these patterns are echoed in the blemishes on the skin of a young Asian girl from Berlin, a powerful resonance is set up between the city's fabric, its inhabitants and collective life that takes shape in these arresting and poetic images.