Lebensmittelgeschäft in der Lortzingstraße, 1972. Fotograf: Ewald, Bezirksbildstelle Wedding - Copyright: Mitte Museum / Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin

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Foreign fellow citizens
Migrant labourers in photographs from the Berlin administration around 1970


4th European month of photography
The subject of this exhibition is photographs of migrant labourers in Berlin around 1970. The photos were taken at the order of the Berlin authorities by photographers of the Land media centre of Berlin, district agencies and other West Berlin institutions. Despite the fact that these photos have been readily accessible ever since, they hardly went down in the general public's memory.

The exhibition brings attention once more to these photos, which were mainly taken as a photo series. The exhibition sees itself as taking inventory: The photos of the "foreign fellow citizens" - as they were officially called at the time - are presented as evidence of photographic history and at the same time bring into focus visible images of migratory history in Germany.

Opening: Thursday, 25. Nov 2010, 5 p.m.
Exhibition dates: 27 Nov 2011 to 30 June 2012

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