Berlin's oldest publicly-owned photo gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary. In an extensive retrospective, the gallery presents highlights from the first and most recent five years of the venue's history – spanning the periods from 1985 to 1990 and 2010 to 2015.
Located directly at the Warschauer Road S-Bahn station, the gallery opened in 1985 on the ground floor of a pre-fab building, as the first photo gallery in Eastern Germany. With its 200 m² exhibition space and own cafe area, it soon became a major point of attraction for the country's photography scene, with long queues leading up to its entrance on a regular basis. Publicly owned by the district of Friedrichshain, the gallery's focus rests on socially motivated photography – i.e. social documentaries and contemporary photography addressing the everyday lives of individuals and society as a whole.
Since 1985, the Friedrichshain Photo Gallery has presented around eight to ten exhibitions each year. The anniversary exhibition now features a selection of highlights from the first and most recent five years, along with historical treasures from the gallery's archive spanning back to pre-war times.
The exhibition includes timelessly elegant fashion photographs by Ute Mahler, Peter Leske's project 'BABEL', early portraits of Mexico's indigenous population by Tina Modotti, as well as works by Dvorah Kern, the youngest photographer the gallery ever featured. Further works include Varda Carmelli's impressions of India, vibrant city portraits by Jürgen Bürgin and Harald Hauswald's depictions of everyday life in the GDR.
Many of the participating artists will be attending the celebrations on 28 August 2015.
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