Sprengel Museum presents exhibition from John Gossage’s series The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon


HANNOVER.- John Gossage, born in New York in 1946, calls his books of photographs “history books”. And indeed, Gossage is best known in Europe for his photographs of Cold War Berlin (Stadt des Schwarz. City of Black, 1987, and Berlin in the Time of the Wall, 2004) as well as for There and Gone (1997), a series of photographs documenting the US-Mexican border, The Romance Industry (1998), whose theme is industrial life in Venice, and the recently reissued The Pond (1985/2010). In its third solo exhibition devoted to Gossage, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is showing works from his two series The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler and Map of Babylon for the first time in Europe. Both series were presented in a book published by Steidl in 2010. Gossage trained as a photographer with Lisette Model (1901-1983) and Alexey Brodovitch (1898-1971) in the early 1960s, before going on to become a key figure in European photography, alb