Showing the Colours

Press and commissioned photography in the German Democratic Republic

The collections of the East German Museum für Deutsche Geschichte contained a great number of photographs, which were taken into the picture library of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in 1990 and since that time continually expanded. Alongside socio-documentary and critical photos, the DHM began at the beginning of the 1990s to acquire more official press photos through endowments and by purchasing a number of estates. In her DHM blog, Carola Jüllig, head of the photography department, gives us insight into the state of the picture collection.