Anette Schröter - Painter
       
     
Axel Krause - Painter
       
     
Erasmus Schröter - Photographer
       
     
Frank Bretchneider - Musician
       
     
Makarios - Musican
       
     
Pankow - Musican & Film Maker
       
     
Uwe Kowski - Painter
       
     
Excerpts from 'Ost Artists'
       
     
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Anette Schröter - Painter
       
     
Anette Schröter - Painter

In 2011, I spent a year in Berlin seeking out artists and musicians who had lived and worked in GDR before Germany’s reunification. In the following series of portraits, each was taken in the moments immediately after its corresponding interview. The practice of photographing the sitter in this way became an important meditative process. The sitter was able to reflect back on that time in their life. Naturally, these portraits reveal true personal emotion and sincerity.

Axel Krause - Painter
       
     
Axel Krause - Painter

Within the official guidelines of the GDR, there was little room for creativity. This interested me in these artists, to live within this dictatorship whist still creating their art: sometimes legally, sometimes illegally.

 

Erasmus Schröter - Photographer
       
     
Erasmus Schröter - Photographer

For a handful of the artists I met, living in the GDR was a struggle, whereas others lived peacefully. These contrasting perspectives revealed much about the aims of the artists and an oppressive regime's effect on artistic culture, as well as imparting interesting parallels within the different personal stories.

Frank Bretchneider - Musician
       
     
Frank Bretchneider - Musician
Makarios - Musican
       
     
Makarios - Musican
Pankow - Musican & Film Maker
       
     
Pankow - Musican & Film Maker
Uwe Kowski - Painter
       
     
Uwe Kowski - Painter
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Excerpts from 'Ost Artists'

70 page book includes 7 images and 6 full interviews. English and German.

Designer: Piers Greville

ISBN: 978-0-646-57898-9 

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