University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Harald Hauswald:

An Inventory of His Photographic Prints at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Hauswald, Harald, 1954-
Title: Harald Hauswald Photographic Prints
Dates: 1980-1988
Abstract: Fifty-one photographs taken in the 1980s by Harald Hauswald document life in East Berlin during the rule of the German Democratic Republic. Images depict political monuments, the punk scene, old architecture, new architecture, and street scenes.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-2485
Extent: 51 photographs
Language: English and German.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Born in 1954 in Radebeul, Germany (near Dresden), Harald Hauswald studied photography in an apprenticeship in the 1970s. In 1977, he moved to Berlin where he held various jobs, including telegram messenger and photo-lab assistant. From 1981 to 1989, he worked as a photographer for the Stephanus Foundation. As a photographer, Hauswald aimed to take pictures that depicted aspects of life in Berlin which were not present in the official East German media. He wanted to show the real face of East Germany including scenes of resistance to the government. With friend and writer Lutz Rathenow, whom Hauswald met and began working with in 1978, Hauswald published his photographs in West German journals, for which the government of the German Democratic Republic named him a public enemy. Hauswald and Rathenow have since published several books together.

In 1989, Hauswald became a member of the Verband Bildender Künstler (the GDR Fine Arts Association), and since then he has worked as a freelance photographer. Hauswald's photographs have been published in GEO, Stern, Zeitmagazin, and Das Magazin among other publications, and numerous exhibitions of his work have been mounted throughout Europe and the United States. He was a founding member of the Ostkreuz photography agency in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany), and in 2006 he received the Einheitspreis--Bürgerpreis zur Deutschen Einheit (Citizen's Award of German Unity). He and his work are also featured in the 2007-2009 European Union-sponsored project "Overcoming Dictatorships." As of 2013, he continues to live and work in Berlin.


Scope and Contents

Fifty-one photographs taken in the 1980s by Harald Hauswald document life in East Berlin during the rule of the German Democratic Republic. Images depict political monuments, the punk scene, old architecture such as the Berliner Dom cathedral, new architecture such as the television tower, and street scenes, many of which were taken at Alexanderplatz, also called the "Alex."

Image descriptions were taken either from labels from exhibitions at the University of Texas Germanic Studies Department or from the books, Ost-Berlin: Life before the Wall fell, Berlin-Ost: Die andere Seite einer Stadt, and Gewendet: Vor und nach dem Mauerfall: Fotos und Texte aus dem Osten which were written with Lutz Rathenow.

All photographs are black-and-white gelatin silver prints, each measuring 25 x 37 cm and matted to 16 x 20 inches.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Index Terms

People
Hauswald, Harald, 1954-
Places
Berlin (Germany : East)
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs
Gelatin silver prints

Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Transfer, 2008

Processed by:

Nicole Davis, 2009


Sources:

"The Exhibition: Harald Hauswald (Berlin),"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Blog, November 5, 2007, http://overcomings.blogspot.com/2007/11/exhibition-harald-hauswald.html

Hauswald, Harald. Harald Hauswald: Fotografie. Accessed January 28, 2013. http://www.harald-hauswald.de/

"Harald Hauswald and the other face of the GDR,"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Blog, May 7, 2008, http://overcomings.blogspot.com/2008/05/harald-hauswald-and-another-face-of-gdr.html

"The Participants: Germany: Harald Hauswald,"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Encounter of Poets, Artists and Writers. Accessed January 28, 2013. http://lehrstuhl-europastudien.eu/eu/vitafba8.html?nr=2&Land=Germany&la=2


Item List

Photographic Prints, 1980-1988

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Box 1 First a look at the center of the city. In the subway. [Alternate titles: Knock-off time; U-Bahn-Linie A]. 1987.
 
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Box 1 Then the monument of a leader [Ernst Thälmann] of the German communists! [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Then the monument for the victims of fascism. American soldiers visit it often and have their picture taken. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 [Statue of] Frederic II (the "Great"), the most famous king of Prussia, first banned, then re-erected. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 A monument of Marx and Engels is being erected! 1986.
 
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Box 1 The Karl-Marx Boulevard--broad streets built after the example of Soviet city architecture. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 After that, 'Berlin-Marzahn' a new development at the edge of the city. [Image of children walking through a construction area]. 1982.
 
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Box 1 Rarely presents the Wall itself as an idyll: here at the edge of a graveyard… Actually, it is forbidden to photograph the Wall… [Alternate titles: Friedhof St. Hedwig, Chausseestrasse; Cemetery divided by the Wall, Liesenstrasse]. 1986.
 
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Box 1 The restored cathedral, a sight! [1980s].
 
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Box 1 We too have horse races. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Teenagers in the 'Free German Youth' [Alternate title: Free German Youth march past]. 1988.
 
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Box 1 There are demonstrations at various occasions [Alternate title: Rehearsal for the May Day demonstration]. 1986.
 
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Box 1 Modern sculpture. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Aerobics are called 'pop-gymnastics' in the DDR. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 TV tower at Alexanderplatz. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 A curious cat [Alternate title: Thaerstrasse]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Centrum Department Store, Alexanderplatz. 1982.
 
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Box 2 Im Pionierpark Wuhlheide [Image of a man looking out a window with a round flag of the Young Pioneers]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 [Statue on the Schlossbrücke, with the Alexanderplatztv tower in the distance]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 [Children watch an outdoor] fashion show on the Weberwiese. 1984.
 
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Box 2 Die ewige Flamme für di Opfer von Faschismus und Militarismus in der Neuen Wache--preussisch exakt bewacht [Image of a monument to the victims of fascism, with guards]. 1986.
 
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Box 2 Schönhauser Allee [Alternate title: Ecke Dimitroffstrasse; image shows an old man standing on a street under a train overpass]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Alte Stadtmauer, Waisenstrasse [Image of a leafless tree in front of a brick wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Party at the Hirschhof [Alternate title: Hoffest Oderberger Strasse]. 1986.
 
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Box 2 Yard Moods [Alternate title: Hinterhoffest Oderberger Strasse]. 1986.
 
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Box 2 The "Impuls" youth club, Czarnikauer Strasse. 1981.
 
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Box 3 Lichtenberg Station. 1980.
 
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Box 3 Courtyard of the Zionkirchplatz. 1986.
 
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Box 3 Changing of the guards at the Neue Wache. 1985.
 
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Box 3 Rykestrasse, Kastanienallee [Image of a car parked in front of buildings]. 1982.
 
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Box 3 Fussgängertunnel am Alexanderplatz [Image of a pedestrian tunnel at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Five punk men sitting on a bench]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Tent on a lawn in front of building with flags of the DDR hanging in the windows]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Man, seen from behind, with pillows tied to his back walking down a street]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Man in a suit and top hat, with an organ grinder?]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Old woman waiting to cross a street]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Woman walking in front of a large white-tiled wall/building]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Two nuns, seen from behind, on a street corner]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 [Two punks, seen from behind, in a crowd]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Two female punks in front of a brick wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [A couple kissing in front of a white wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Two young boys in school uniform? urinating on a tree]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Woman pushing a stroller through a dark, graffiti-covered building]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Policeman standing guard at corner of Karl-Marx-Allee and Hans-Beimler-Strasse]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Woman in a leather jacket, seen from behind, holding a baby]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 "Alex" impressions [Image of a family of five standing on a sidewalk]. 1982.
 
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Box 4 [Man with a baby and stroller at the steps under the TV tower at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Two construction workers in the snow in front of the Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft fountain at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [Two old women and an old man walking down a sidewalk; piles of rubble in the distance]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [An old woman crossing the street in a deserted neighborhood]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 [A wall with exposed brick, a sun with a smiley face painted on it, and other graffiti]. [1980s].