Photography & Design: Diane Vincent
Editing: Paul Gaffney and Diane Vincent
Bookbinding: Nico Baumgarten and Diane Vincent

Edition size: 250, including an upcoming extra edition of 21
Content: twenty-one photographs, a poem and a drawing
Type of paper: Lessebo Design Rough 150g/m² and 90g/m²
Printing: digital offset
Number of pages: 48
Cover: Muskat 160g/m², printed offset
Dimensions: 20,5cm x 28cm / 8,1 x 11 inch

Hand-bound with a special saddle stitch and finished with a hand-drawn map.


OBEN is also available to purchase at the following bookstores:

Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz
CO Berlin im Amerikahaus
Pro qm
Urban Spree
25 Books

Tipi Bookshop, Brussels

TPG bookshop, London

L’Ascenseur Végétal

Café Lehmitz
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Buchhandlung im Haus der Photographie

Ireland & Northern Ireland
BX Bookshop; Belfast Exposed
Gallery of Photography, Dublin
The Library Project, Dublin

Johan Deumens Gallery
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Ivorypress Bookshop, Madrid

Photo-Eye, Santa Fe

Photobooks of the Year 2014:

OBEN was selected by LensCulture for their annual photobooks of the year 2014 list.

Book Reviews

Here are a few sentences from some of the online features which OBEN obtained. More can be read by clicking the link which follows the quotation.

„Diane Vincent’s beautiful self-published book OBEN takes you on a very personal, meditative journey and quietly lifts you up to a parallel universe most of us are usually unaware of – the rooftops of Berlin. OBEN lets you breath in the fresh air… and out again, slowly.“
Julia Schiller, Actual Colors May Vary

„It feels fresh, as fresh as the wind that blows over the rooftops of a city.“ Colin Pantall, Colin Pantall’s Blog

„For some reason, these contrasty, graphic black-and-white photographs of rooftops in Berlin spoke to me, took me to those isolated places with wide open views, and made me feel … happy.“ Jim Casper, LensCulture

„On top things are different. On mountains, for example, or on trees. In cities you are up when you climb on roofs. Although the city is very close, there is nothing going on. No cars, no crowds, no people.“ Hannes Wanderer, 25 books

„One notices an urge to run and jump, to skip from block to block, imagining a soft summer breeze gently caressing while an occasional bird glides overhead. It is about feeling the light on ones face and opening up to the great beyond.“ Barry W. Hughes, SMBHMAG

„Und oben passiert eine Menge, vor allem aber weitet sich der Blick in eine für viele sicher komplett fremde Welt. Für mich strahlen die Bilder eine starke Ruhe, ich würde schon fast sagen eine Einsamkeit oder Melancholie aus, die schroff mit dem Bild kollidiert, das ich von Berlin habe: eine lebhafte, manchmal unerträglich lebendige Stadt, deren Geschwindigkeit sich oft nur schwer aushalten lässt. Diesen Kontrast finde ich spannend und herausfordernd.“ Karsten Michael Drohsel, Urbanophil