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Culture

Behind the scenes in the GDR

A new exhibition in Berlin documents over four decades of art photography as it developed in the German Republic. Including works by over 34 different photographers, it is the most comprehensive show of its kind.

"The Shuttered Society: Art Photography in the GDR 1949-1989" is a new exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin. It is the world's first comprehensive exhibition of art photography in communist East Germany.

Shuttered Society is comprised of 250 photographs by 34 photographers which critically reflect on GDR society and illustrate the artistic ambitions of photographers operating under the oppressive socialist regime.

The exhibition shows the different aspects of photographic practice and its reception across four decades, and includes detailed biographies of the 34 photographers as well as a chronology of the development of cultural policy in the GDR.

Click through the pages to view a selection of images from the exhibition.