Bruno Stephan (?): Groß Dammer, 1925, Kollodiumpapier, Mitte Museum/ Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin

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5th European Month of Photography in Berlin
Hikes. The border area of Poznań-West Prussia in photos in 1925

Bruno Stephan (?): "Jordan Friedhofstor", 1925, Kollodiumpapier, Mitte Museum/ Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin A series of 65 collodion copies is the subject of an exhibition on photography as a practice in regional history in the 1920s. The photos were taken on hiking tours as amateur photographers Bruno Stephan, Werner Köhler and Walther Apel wandered through the border area of Poznań-West Prussia, a region located in today's Poland. They are of high atmospheric density and show the villages and their inhabitants, ancient monuments, cemeteries and nature. These photos can be seen as a counter project to the documentation of metropolitan life by photographers in Berlin. At the same time, it is possible to see patterns of representation that have shaped the view of Central Eastern Europe since the nineteenth century and have placed the cultural traditions in a hierarchical relationship. The history of the production and publication of these photos, which had been disregarded for a long time, was clarified only recently. Today the situation in our united Europe allows the rare collection to be jointly evaluated from both the German and Polish points of view.

Tours of the exhibition guided by the curator:

Sunday, 12 May, noon, with Claudia Wasow-Kania
Thursday, 23 May, 6 p.m. with Sigrid Schulze
Sunday, 16 June, noon, with Claudia Wasow-Kania
Thursday, 27 June, 6 p.m. with Sigrid Schulze
Thursday, 18 July, 6 p.m. with Sigrid Schulze
Thursday, 1 August, 6 p.m. with Sigrid Schulze
Sunday, 25 August, 11 a.m., with Claudia Wasow-Kania
Free of charge


Exhibition dates: 11 November 2012 to end of August 2013


On 18. October 2012 the 5th European Month of Photography was launched in Berlin.  www.mdf-berlin.de

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