Book look: Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer


“Farbe für die Republik” is the title of an eagerly awaited exhibition set to take place at one of Germany’s most prestigious museums.

The exhibit – which will be presented at the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin between March and August 2014 – features hundreds of colour photographs taken during four decades in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The concept is extraordinary since most images from the country and are black and white photographs of mediocre quality.

Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer searched the archive of the museum for the best of their 1pictures. The photographers, who worked in the GDR, selected images showing women working in factories, youth football teams on the pitch, elderly hikers during an outing on a sunny day, people at the hairdresser’s and many more subjects and themes. The brilliant quality of their photographs – of which all seem to sparkle in the brightest colours –…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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