Exploring aspects of documentary photography in the German Democratic Republic, the exhibition features over 250 images by 13 of the key photographers – Arno Fischer (1927-2011), Roger Melis (1940-2009), Ute Mahler (1949-), Gerd Danigel (1959-), Harf Zimmermann (1955-), Sibylle Bergemann (1941-2010), Harald Hauswald (1954-), Eva Mahn (1949-), Ulrich Wüst (1949-), Kurt Buchwald (1953-), Matthias Leupold (1959-), Gundula Schulze Eldowy (1954-) and Werner Mahler (1950-).
Curator Jan Sobotka writes, The dynamism and especially the late pictorial worlds in the photography of the GDR are unique, particularly because these developments took place in such a small area. Out of a slow, but fascinating development in the first 30 years of the state, the creativity of photo artists virtually exploded in the 1980s. In their confrontations with East German realities, powerful photographic forms and diverse artistic positions emerged. In this exhibition, I have tried to sum up the most important aspects of what happened. A key linking element is a sense of the photographers’ individual, inner view of the world they inhabited.