"Wahnsinn! Wahnsinn! Wahnsinn!" These three words (which literally mean 'Insanity', though loosely translate as 'Incredible'), were scribbled on a sign in a GDR village following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Captured by photographer Herbert Piel, the triple exclamation is also the title of a new exhibition showing at the Deutsche Kameramuseum in Plech: Herbert Piel (Boppard), Jens Werlein (Schwäbisch Gmünd) and Kurt Tauber (Plech) recorded these remarkable times in different parts of the GDR. The exhibition is open from 9 to 30 November 2014.
Kurt Tauber: The GDR, Berlin and the Wall
Between 1979 and 1982, Tauber took hundreds of photographs during outings in the Meiningen-Suhl-Eisenach area, turning them into colour slides. He had taken his first picture of the Berlin Wall as a teenager in 1970. From 1980 onwards, he repeatedly visited the area, both on business and in his own time, creating a large number of photographs of the Berlin Wall as well as East Berlin.
Jens Werlein: Witnessing 9. November
For years, Werlein chose to keep his photographs of this extraordinary night in his private archive. They have never been published in a newspaper or magazine.
Herbert Piel: Time of Change
Herbert Piel complements the collection with a variety of images. He captured professions that have since disappeared, such as basket or panpipe maker, as well as the reactions of former GDR citizens to their newly-won 'freedom'.
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