Harald Hauswald. Voll das Leben! Reloaded
As a co-founder of the photographers’ agency OSTKREUZ, Harald Hauswald is one of the most important figures in German photography. In recent years, over 7,500 of his negatives have been conserved and digitalized by the Ostkreuz Association for Photography, supported by a major grant from the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in East Germany.
The images shown in Harald Hauswald. Voll das Leben! Reloaded are invaluable as visual documents of East and West German history. Due to popular demand, C/O Berlin is once again showing the exhibition, which showcases approximately 250 photographs taken between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s.
In contrast to the West’s prevalent images of East Germany as a country defined by the Communist party, the Berlin Wall, and military parades, Harald Hauswald’s photographs offer a unique and revealing insight into everyday life under communism, showing the evolving cityscape of East Berlin.
Harald Hauswald also documented the activities of opposition groups, of which he was both an observer and a participant. This led to his being placed under surveillance by around forty Stasi informers.