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Harald Hauswald:

An Inventory of His Photographic Prints at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hauswald, Harald, 1954-
Title: Harald Hauswald Photographic Prints
Dates: 1980-1988
Extent: 51 photographs
Abstract: Fifty-one photographs taken in the 1980s by Harald Hauswald document life in East Berlin during the rule of the German Democratic Republic. Images depict political monuments, the punk scene, old architecture, new architecture, and street scenes.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-2485
Language: English and German.
Access: Open for research

Acquisition: Transfer, 2008
Processed by: Nicole Davis, 2009

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Born in 1954 in Radebeul, Germany (near Dresden), Harald Hauswald studied photography in an apprenticeship in the 1970s. In 1977, he moved to Berlin where he held various jobs, including telegram messenger and photo-lab assistant. From 1981 to 1989, he worked as a photographer for the Stephanus Foundation. As a photographer, Hauswald aimed to take pictures that depicted aspects of life in Berlin which were not present in the official East German media. He wanted to show the real face of East Germany including scenes of resistance to the government. With friend and writer Lutz Rathenow, whom Hauswald met and began working with in 1978, Hauswald published his photographs in West German journals, for which the government of the German Democratic Republic named him a public enemy. Hauswald and Rathenow have since published several books together.
In 1989, Hauswald became a member of the Verband Bildender K├╝nstler (the GDR Fine Arts Association), and since then he has worked as a freelance photographer. Hauswald's photographs have been published in GEO, Stern, Zeitmagazin, and Das Magazin among other publications, and numerous exhibitions of his work have been mounted throughout Europe and the United States. He was a founding member of the Ostkreuz photography agency in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany), and in 2006 he received the Einheitspreis--B├╝rgerpreis zur Deutschen Einheit (Citizen's Award of German Unity). He and his work are also featured in the 2007-2009 European Union-sponsored project "Overcoming Dictatorships." As of 2013, he continues to live and work in Berlin.

"The Exhibition: Harald Hauswald (Berlin),"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Blog, November 5, 2007, http://overcomings.blogspot.com/2007/11/exhibition-harald-hauswald.html
Hauswald, Harald. Harald Hauswald: Fotografie. Accessed January 28, 2013. http://www.harald-hauswald.de/
"Harald Hauswald and the other face of the GDR,"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Blog, May 7, 2008, http://overcomings.blogspot.com/2008/05/harald-hauswald-and-another-face-of-gdr.html
"The Participants: Germany: Harald Hauswald,"  Overcoming Dictatorships: the Encounter of Poets, Artists and Writers. Accessed January 28, 2013. http://lehrstuhl-europastudien.eu/eu/vitafba8.html?nr=2&Land=Germany&la=2

Fifty-one photographs taken in the 1980s by Harald Hauswald document life in East Berlin during the rule of the German Democratic Republic. Images depict political monuments, the punk scene, old architecture such as the Berliner Dom cathedral, new architecture such as the television tower, and street scenes, many of which were taken at Alexanderplatz, also called the "Alex."
Image descriptions were taken either from labels from exhibitions at the University of Texas Germanic Studies Department or from the books, Ost-Berlin: Life before the Wall fell, Berlin-Ost: Die andere Seite einer Stadt, and Gewendet: Vor und nach dem Mauerfall: Fotos und Texte aus dem Osten which were written with Lutz Rathenow.
All photographs are black-and-white gelatin silver prints, each measuring 25 x 37 cm and matted to 16 x 20 inches.


Hauswald, Harald, 1954-


Berlin (Germany : East)

Document Types

Black-and-white photographs
Gelatin silver prints