Photographic Rapprochement of Architectural Inheritance from the Third Reich.
Photographs by Ralf Meyer. Text by Gunter Kunert, Werner Duth.
Kerber, Bielefeld, In, 2008. 168 pp., 107 color illustrations, 12¼x9½".
How does twenty-first-century
Germany deal with the remaining
Fascist architecture of the 1930s and
1940s? Between 2001 and 2006, the
German photographer Ralf Meyer
created a collection of 130 photographs,
taken at 32 locations across
the country. The photographs were
not intended to be mere reproductions
of facades; instead, they were
meant to investigate how German
citizens deal with the results of the
overwhelming historical architecture
that surrounds them. Each one
of the buildings Meyer sought out
was constructed for an ideological
purpose: can these implicit messages
still be detected in the architecture?
What is life like in and
around these buildings, now that so
much has changed?
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