To mark the 125th anniversary of Hamburg's warehouse district, the city's Museum for Art & Trade (MGK) presents a historical project of 35 photographs.
The series was created in the 1880s, with the aim to preserve a record of the residential Old Town in the South of the city – before it was demolished to make way for the new warehouse district. Photographer Georg Koppmann (1842-1909) was commissioned to create an archive of life in the district, before the entire area was to be torn down.
Throughout 1883-84, Koppmann photographed the island district, whose architecture had developed over several centuries. In 1888, he also photographed the newly built docks. His images provide an illuminating record of pre-industry life along the docks, with its thriving trade and rich social diversity. At the same time, the images are a testament to how Hamburg reinvented itself as a port city to ensure economic growth.
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