GDR, DDR, RDA: three abbreviations—English, German and French, respectively—that refer to the German Democratic Republic, commonly known as “East Germany,” where, from 1949 to 1990, a part of Germany was reconstructed according to the rules of a communist state. Back then, children were happy, women were skillful and sexy, the elderly worked without tiring and food was plentiful—or so it seemed. The exhibition Colour for the Republic - Commissioned photography on life in the GDR at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin brings together the color photographs of Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer, who were commissioned to shoot many series of photographs during this period.
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