Thu, Feb 10, 2022, 18:00–19:30

Ostberlin, die andere Seite einer Stadt

With Harald Hauswald and Lutz Rathenow
Special Guided Tours
Ostberlin, die andere Seite einer Stadt in Texten und Bildern, Installationsansicht Harald Hauswald . Voll das Leben! © David von Becker, C/O Berlin Foundation

Harald Hauswald . Photographer
Lutz Rathenow . Writer

Moderation Felix Hoffmann
Chief Curator




15/11 Euro incl. exhibition
Available online and remaining tickets at the box office at C/O Berlin.

The focus will be on the book Ostberlin, die andere Seite einer Stadt in Texten und Bildern from 1986: How and under what circumstances did the publication come into being in the West publishing house at Piper in Munich? What was the collaboration between the writer Lutz Rathenow and the photographer Harald Hauswald like? And how and why did it come about that Hauswald was deprived of the right to raise his own daughter Anne in 1988?

Harald Hauswald (b. 1954 in Radebeul, Saxony) is one of the most eminent East German photographers. Together with Sibylle Bergemann, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, and others, he founded OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen, a photographer-run agency. After completing a traineeship to become a photographer, Hauswald moved to East Berlin in 1978, where he worked as a telegram carrier in Prenzlauer Berg and for the Stephanus Foundation, among other jobs. From the early 1980s, he regularly published photo-essays in West German periodicals including GEO, Stern, Zitty, and taz, at first using a pseudonym and later under his own name. His work has been shown in over 250 solo exhibitions across Germany, the United States, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and elsewhere, and has been published in diverse publications on East Berlin and everyday life in the GDR. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997) and the Einheitspreis – Bürgerpreis zur Deutschen Einheit (Citizens’ Award for German Unity, 2006). Harald Hauswald lives and works in Berlin.

Lutz Rathenow, (*1952 in Jena) is a German writer. From 2011 to 2021 he was Saxon State Commissioner for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship. Like Harald Hauswald, he was  part of the peace and civil rights movement in the GDR and published 1986 the book Ostberlin, die andere Seite einer Stadt in Texten und Bildern in the FRG together with him.