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Düsseldorf: chronicler of everyday life in the GDR: photos by Evelyn Richter

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Chronicler of everyday life in the GDR: photos by Evelyn Richter

Visitors look at the exhibition of the now defunct photo

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As the first museum in West Germany, the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast is showing a retrospective of the more than 50-year work of the photographer Evelyn Richter. You can see portraits and pictures from everyday life in the GDR and the Soviet Union. “Unfortunately, the works of photographers from the GDR are generally still not well known enough in the West,” said the general director of the Kunstpalast, Felix Krämer, on Wednesday. The show includes around 300 exhibits. In addition to around 150 photographs by Richter from the 1950s to reunification, this also includes record covers, photo books and archive material. Richter died last year at the age of 91.

As the first museum in West Germany, the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast is showing a retrospective of the more than 50-year work of the photographer Evelyn Richter. You can see portraits and pictures from everyday life in the GDR and the Soviet Union. “Unfortunately, the works of photographers from the GDR are generally still not well known enough in the West,” said the general director of the Kunstpalast, Felix Krämer, on Wednesday. The show includes around 300 exhibits. In addition to around 150 photographs by Richter from the 1950s to reunification, this also includes record covers, photo books and archive material. Richter died last year at the age of 91.

The “Evelyn Richter” exhibition runs from Thursday to January 8, 2023. Born in Bautzen in 1930, Richter was regarded as a chronicler of the living and working environments in the GDR. She portrayed people in everyday situations, mostly in black and white – at work, on public transport, on the street.

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The Dresden Albertinum had already dedicated a small retrospective to the East German artist in 2020. With the show in Düsseldorf, the city is now following, which Richter honored in 2020 with the Bernd and Hilla Becher Prize, which was awarded for the first time for her life’s work.

Evelyn Richter trained as a photographer and then always worked as a freelancer. She lived and worked in Leipzig for much of her life. She could neither publish nor sell her works and worked “for the box”, as she said herself. A large part of her work is kept in the “Evelyn Richter Archive”, which was founded in 2009 in the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig.

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