Berlin, 1945-2000: A Photographic Subject

Wilfried Bauer, Sibylle Bergemann, Kurt Buchwald, Arno Fischer, Nan Goldin, Herbert Hensky, Max Jacoby, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Will McBride, Rudi Meisel, Roger Melis, Evelyn Richter, Andreas Rost, Michael Schmidt, Gundula Schulze-Eldowy, Maria Sewcz, Michael Wesely, Anno Wilms, Lothar Winkler, Ulrich Wüst, Werner Zellien, Harf Zimmermann, Miron Zownir

‘Berlin, 1945–2000: A Photographic Subject’ explores how German and international photographers captured Berlin between the immediate post-war years and the end of the twentieth century. Featuring the work by twenty-three photographers, the exhibition opens with black and white prints of Berlin in ruins and concludes with large-format colour photographs of the capital’s post-fall-of-the-Wall urban development projects.

Exhibited between these two sections are photographic series and individual photographs belonging to the genres of street, architectural, subjective, conceptual, portrait, and experimental photography. In dialogue with each other, the photographs underscore the immense social, cultural, and political changes the city underwent and, at the same time, the diverse photographic practices and tendencies that developed in Berlin over the course of fifty-five years.