Barbara Klemm – Light and Dark. Photographs from Germany

Alfred Hitchcock, Frankfurt am Main, 1972

Barbara Klemm: Alfred Hitchcock, Frankfurt am Main, 1972

Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980), British-American film-maker and producer


Frankfurt am Main, 1974

The picture beneath which the homeless man is sleeping is a reproduction of "Goethe in the Campagna" by Tischbein (Rome, 1786). Today it is held in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt and attracts countless visitors. The city of Frankfurt likes to promote itself with this picture of the most important person to have been born there.

Barbara Klemm: Frankfurt am Main, 1974

Thirtieth Anniversary of the Founding of the East Germany, East Berlin, 1979

Barbara Klemm: Thirtieth Anniversary of the Founding of the East Germany, East Berlin, 1979; © Barbara Klemm

The East German state always celebrated its anniversary, and particularly the ten-year anniversaries, with military parades and rallies, where banners carrying propaganda and portraits of the heads of state and the party were carried. All workers and school and university students were expected to attend.

Ronald Reagan Visits, West-Berlin, 1982

In June 1982 American President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin. He held a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, in which he demanded that the Berlin Wall be brought down: 'Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!' Peace protestors demonstrated against NATO policy, and there were riots and a hardhanded police response.

Barbara Klemm: Ronald Reagan visits  West-Berlin, 1982

Helmut Kohl in Dresden, December 19, 1989

Barbara Klemm: Helmut Kohl in Dresden, 19. Dezember 1989; © Barbara Klemm

Chancellor Kohl holds his first speech in East Germany, with thousands of East German citizens in attendance, many of them demanding speedy unification with West Germany.

Last Day at Work, VEB Treffmodelle, Berlin, 1992

VEB Treffmodelle Berlin was a leading company in East Germany's clothing industry. In Berlin it had four factories, mainly producing women's clothes. There were 800 workers at the headquarters in Greifswalder Strasse alone. Much of what was produced was made for West German mail order companies, or exported further afield. After unification of Germany a West Berlin company took over production, before the business was finally closed down for good in 1992.

Barbara Klemm: Last Day at Work, VEB Treffmodelle, Berlin, 1992; © Barbara Klemm

Christo, Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1995

The Bulgarian-American artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude persisted for 23 years with their plan of wrapping Berlin's Reichstag. After long debates and avote in the German parliament, Christo finally wrapped the building with more than 100,000 m² of aluminium coated polypropylene fabric in summer 1995. The whole event turned into a great big party for thousands of visitors.

Barbara Klemm: Christo, Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1995; © Barbara Klemm

New Synagogue, Dresden, 2002

Barbara Klemm: New Synagogue, Dresden, 2002; © Barbara Klemm

Dresden's New Synagogue stands on the same spot where Gottfried Semper's old synagogue of 1840 once stood, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938. The new building was designed by the Saarbrücken architects Wandel, Hoefer and Lorch, and was inaugurated in 2001. In 2002 it was awarded the prize of European Building of the Year.