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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Day of German Unity, the Museum The Kennedys in Berlin presents 'Budapest – Berlin: My Path to Unity' by Daniel Biskup. On view from 2 October until 29 November, 2015.

The pictures trace Daniel Biskup’s personal journey to German Unity and reflect the emotions that the then 26 year old photographer experienced when the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989. On top of that the rare photographs are a historically significant record of German Reunification.


Born 1962 and raised in Bonn, Daniel Biskup got into Photography in his early teens. At the age of 15 he founded a union newspaper and started to document the current affairs in Bonn with his camera. Peace demonstrations and squatted houses are the motifs of his first pictures. Later Biskup went to Augsburg. He studied History, Politics and Ethnography there.

In 1989 Daniel Biskup had his breakthrough as a photographer. As the political situation of that summer heated up, he subsequently travelled to Budapest to accompany the GDR refugees on their way to theWest. The upheaval in the GDR magically attracted Biskup. He knew he was witnessing history being made. Since then, Biskup has took portraits of celebrities of politics, culture and business all over the world. Amongst them are Bill Gates, Karl Lagerfeld, Claudia Schiffer, Selma Hayek, Roger Moore, Mette Marit, Wladimir Putin, George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitali Klitschko, Gerhard Schröder, chancellor Angela Merkel and most importantly former chancellor Helmut Kohl, who Biskup accompanies since 1998 as his personal photographer.

Today, Daniel Biskup’s photographs are published in many daily newspapers,magazines and books in Germany and other european countries. The German magazine Der Spiegel called him “the eye of the revolution in East Europe”. His works can be found in private and public collections including – amongst others – the Russian Museum and Germany History Museum in Berlin.

Please find more information at The Kennedys

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