The cityscapes that Ulrich Wüst photographed from 1979 to 1985 are considered the most important group of works of his GDR years.

Publisher: Hartmann Books 2021

Headerphoto: Bad Freienwalde 1980 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects

Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Leipzig 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Rostock 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Gera 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Freiberg 1984 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects

Ulrich Wüst became known to an international audience as an important documentary art photographer when he participated in documenta 14 in 2017. He has been documenting the status and development of East German cities since the 1970s. His black-and-white photographs strike a careful balance between presumed objectivity and subtle irony, and they comment on the transformation of cities and the lack of a societal vision in the GDR.

“Stadtbilder”, photographed by Wüst from 1979 to 1985, is considered as his most important body of work from that period. For the first time, they are now being presented in a comprehensible fashion with added commentary in this book. The approximately 100 plates include the full set of 50 photographs from “Stadtbilder” plus 50 additional pictures that Wüst only recently printed from original negatives.

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Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Berlin 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Karl-Marx-Stadt 1984 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Oderberg 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog
Leipzig 1982 © Ulrich Wüst Courtesy Galerie Loock, Hartmann Projects
Ulrich Wüst-Stadtbilder 1979–1985-Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Cityscapes 1979–1985 by Ulrich Wüst published by Hartmann Books November 2021| Design: Lamm&Kirch, Florian Lamm, Berlin | Text by Matthias Flügge, Interview by Katia Reich with Ulrich Wüst | Hardcover with french-fold dust jacket | 20 x 26 cm |160 pages with 105 illustrations | German/English | ISBN 978-3-96070-079-1. Available here.

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Ulrich Wüst (*1949) studied at the university for architecture and civil engineering in Weimar. Up until 1977, he first worked as a city planner and then as a picture editor. Since 1983, he has been working as a freelance photographer. In the middle of the 1980s, he was considered to be one of the most important photographers in the GDR. He lives and works in Berlin and Mecklenburg.

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