This year the fall of the Berlin Wall will mark 25 years. The Wall was the sign of the division of Germany for 27 years. It influenced the life of the people in East and West Berlin. When the wall felt in autumn 1989 it was an historical turning point for Germany, the Germans and the whole world. In both parts of Berlin the people responded in different ways on the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2009, 20 years after the fall of the wall, the foundation Brandenburger Tor conceived an exhibition with the title “Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”. Attendant to that exhibition the foundation published a catalogue, which is still worth seeing even if the exhibition can’t longer be seen. Because of that I put forward this catalogue here.
The catalogue, compiled by Matthias Harder and published by the Nicolai Verlag, shows some of the photographs you could see in the exhibition. All of them were taken by popular photographers who were also contemporary witnesses of the events of these days in autumn 1989. Besides the photographs there are short biographies of the photographers who were there, for example, Barbara Klemm, Gilles Peress, André Kichner and others.
Preceding there are a preface of Monika Grütters, Member of the Board of Management of the foundation Brandenburger Tor, a greeting of Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, and an overview over the catalogue of Matthias Harder, curator of the exhibition “Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”.
The photographs are impressively and moving, whether there are the pictures of people hugging each other, of border guards with flowers instead of guns or of nearly deserted border installations. They give an impression of the events of these days and offer a little insight into the emotional situation of the Berliner in November 1989, as it could no text.
The ISBN of the catalogue is 978-3-89479-528-3 and it costs 14,95€.