An exhibition of the German Historical Museum
Curators: Carola Jüllig with Dr. Yara-Colette Lemke de Faria
The exhibition is a two-part display with around 280 pictures by the West German photographers Thomas Hoepker and Daniel Biskup. In their different ways the photographers document the current events that took place between the building of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Thomas Hoepker’s camera focuses on the unfamiliar life in the “other Germany”. With ironic detachment he observed everyday life in socialist East Germany in the time between 1959 and 1991 and the changes that took place after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the 1990s Daniel Biskup followed the political and social upheavals in the former German Democratic Republic, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the clashes in the Balkan states. With great empathy he focused on the people who were fighting for survival in the cities and refugee camps.
For the first time the museum is presenting a selection of largely unknown photographs from the work of the two photojournalists that has never before been shown in this form.