East Germany between 1980 and 2000 in Private Photo Albums

Since the summer of 2020, the project “Biography and History. Private Photography in East Germany, 1980–2000” of the Reinbeckhallen Foundation in cooperation with the DHM has been studying by whom, how and why photographs were taken in these two decades in East Germany, primarily for personal use. In the course of the project, which is supported by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, dozens of interviews were conducted and hundreds of albums examined. In this article the photography historian Friedrich Tietjen sketches some of the issues and results of the project.