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Photography in East Germany 1949-1989


The European Month of Photography began in Berlin in mid-October. One of the main exhibitions of the program is the one organized by the Berlinische Galerie on art photography from the German Democratic Republic. It collects 260 photographs taken by 34 different artists. This is the first major exhibition of East German photography since the fall of the Berlin Wall more than twenty years ago. What does the photography convey? What was daily life like for East Germans at the time? What were artists concerned with? Combining different themes and aesthetic approaches , the exhibition is divided into three chapters, offering a broad view of the photography during this forty-year period. The series on view also relate to stories from daily life and the characteristics of art, society and politics.

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