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Photographic Prints, 1980-1988

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.

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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.

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Open for research

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Index Terms

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

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Administrative Information

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Transfer, 2008

Processed by:

Nicole Davis, 2009

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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

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Item List

 

Photographic Prints, 1980-1988

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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0001
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0002
Then the monument of a leader [Ernst Thälmann] of the German communists! [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0003
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0004
[Statue of] Frederic II (the "Great"), the most famous king of Prussia, first banned, then re-erected. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0005
A monument of Marx and Engels is being erected! 1986.
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0006
The Karl-Marx Boulevard--broad streets built after the example of Soviet city architecture. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0007
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0008
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0009
The restored cathedral, a sight! [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0010
We too have horse races. [1980s].
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0011
Teenagers in the 'Free German Youth' [Alternate title: Free German Youth march past]. 1988.
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0012
There are demonstrations at various occasions [Alternate title: Rehearsal for the May Day demonstration]. 1986.
 
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Box 1 Accession Number 2008:0013:0013
Modern sculpture. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0014
Aerobics are called 'pop-gymnastics' in the DDR. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0015
TV tower at Alexanderplatz. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0016
A curious cat [Alternate title: Thaerstrasse]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0017
Centrum Department Store, Alexanderplatz. 1982.
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0018
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0019
[Statue on the Schlossbrücke, with the Alexanderplatztv tower in the distance]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0020
[Children watch an outdoor] fashion show on the Weberwiese. 1984.
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0021
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0022
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 Accession Number 2008:0013:0023
Alte Stadtmauer, Waisenstrasse [Image of a leafless tree in front of a brick wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0024
Party at the Hirschhof [Alternate title: Hoffest Oderberger Strasse]. 1986.
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0025
Yard Moods [Alternate title: Hinterhoffest Oderberger Strasse]. 1986.
 
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Box 2 Accession Number 2008:0013:0026
The "Impuls" youth club, Czarnikauer Strasse. 1981.
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0027
Lichtenberg Station. 1980.
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0028
Courtyard of the Zionkirchplatz. 1986.
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0029
Changing of the guards at the Neue Wache. 1985.
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0030
Rykestrasse, Kastanienallee [Image of a car parked in front of buildings]. 1982.
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0031
Fussgängertunnel am Alexanderplatz [Image of a pedestrian tunnel at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0032
[Five punk men sitting on a bench]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0033
[Tent on a lawn in front of building with flags of the DDR hanging in the windows]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0034
[Man, seen from behind, with pillows tied to his back walking down a street]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0035
[Man in a suit and top hat, with an organ grinder?]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0036
[Old woman waiting to cross a street]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0037
[Woman walking in front of a large white-tiled wall/building]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0038
[Two nuns, seen from behind, on a street corner]. [1980s].
 
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Box 3 Accession Number 2008:0013:0039
[Two punks, seen from behind, in a crowd]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0040
[Two female punks in front of a brick wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0041
[A couple kissing in front of a white wall]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0042
[Two young boys in school uniform? urinating on a tree]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0043
[Woman pushing a stroller through a dark, graffiti-covered building]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0044
[Policeman standing guard at corner of Karl-Marx-Allee and Hans-Beimler-Strasse]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0045
[Woman in a leather jacket, seen from behind, holding a baby]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0046
"Alex" impressions [Image of a family of five standing on a sidewalk]. 1982.
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0047
[Man with a baby and stroller at the steps under the TV tower at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0048
[Two construction workers in the snow in front of the Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft fountain at Alexanderplatz]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0049
[Two old women and an old man walking down a sidewalk; piles of rubble in the distance]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0050
[An old woman crossing the street in a deserted neighborhood]. [1980s].
 
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Box 4 Accession Number 2008:0013:0051
[A wall with exposed brick, a sun with a smiley face painted on it, and other graffiti]. [1980s].

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