With her direct, often unsparing photographs,
Gundula Schulze Eldowy assumes a
singular position in the history of German
photography. Primarily in the 1980s, she
approached people and places in Berlin
Mitte with empathy and curiosity, capturing
the traces of time in their faces and on the
city’s facades. Her series Berlin in einer
Hundenacht is a sociogram of the last decade
of the GDR; she concentrates on the
unique scenes of the Berlin milieu in Mitte
with its authentic, non-conformist protagonists
– such as Robert, the newspaperman,
and Lothar, who the photographer portrays
both in his delivery uniform as well as nude.
The faces reflect the difficulties of life, the
figures the surreal moments. Schulze Eldowy
understands herself as part of this
society, not as an outsider.
Schulze Eldowy confronts the viewer even
more directly with existential ideas such as
violence, life, and death in the color images
from the series Der große und der kleine
Schritt/The big and the little Step (1982–
1990), which she shot in Dresden and Leipzig.
A selection of these photographs is
displayed in the lower level of the gallery.