Since the end of the 19th century, the Paris family operated a music engraving workshop at various locations in Berlin. There templates for music prints were created in laborious manual work. In the last ten years before the fall of communism, Hans-Joachim Paris worked largely alone until November 1990 and as the last master engraver in Berlin.
The workshop was located in Copenhagener Straße in Prenzlauer Berg. After Paris' death it was dissolved in the spring of 1991 and the German Museum of Technology acquired the inventory. Before the objects were packed, the museum photographer Clemens Kirchner documented the workshop. The result are documentary photographs that capture the everyday life of this almost forgotten profession and thematize the special time of the turning years. At the same time, the extraordinary aesthetics of past craftsmanship can be experienced in the black and white photographs.