Guide to "Scenes from behind the wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibit collection, 1989-2012

"Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibit C0235


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Chichester, Page
Title "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibit collection
Date 1989-2012
Physical Characteristics 20 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract Framed photographs and supporting documentation for the exhibit "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" that was shown throughout Virginia as part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Exhibition Program from 1995 through 2009. The exhibit was also shown at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia, in February 2012.
Collection Number C0235
Language English and German

Biographical Information

Page Chichester was born in New Jersey in 1959 and grew up in rural Culpeper, Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After a two-year stint as photo editor at a wildlife-conservation magazine in Washington, D.C., he spent five years in West Germany, where he worked as a freelance photographer. He returned to Washington, D.C., in 1990 to work as a photojournalist for the National Audubon Society's television productions department, photographing four books including one on the African elephant. He then became editor of Virginia magazine, formerly Virginia Southwest. He freelanced in Roanoke, Virginia, for several years before moving to Bonn, Germany, with his family. The tides of change have swept them to Berlin, and today, Chichester is part of the subcontracted photography crew on various cruise ships. Chichester's photography has appeared in museum and galleries in Athens, Berlin, Bonn, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, as well as in state, regional, and national publications.

Helmut Brinkmann was born in 1951 in Duisburg, part of the coal-mining region (Ruhr Pot) of the former West Germany. He has been a professional photographer since 1979. In addition to his commercial, portrait, and architectural photography, he has exhibited numerous projects in Duisburg, Hamburg, Bonn, Greece, and Spain. In 1972 Brinkmann won the prestigious Bundesfotopreis (National Photo Award). A series of his hand-colored postcards was published as a book, Verwandlungen (Changes), by one of Germany's foremost art publishers, DuMont Verlag. He was among the photographers chosen for the 1991 exhibit Five Bonn Photographers, is a member of the Bundesverband Bildender Künstler (National Assn. of Artists) and is listed in the Bonn Artists Directory. His work has been published in Stern, Die Welt, and other major magazines and newspapers, and he has taught photography for several years in high schools in and around Bonn. Brinkmann has traveled extensively through the former East Germany since 1989.

Biographical information is from the exhibition catalog: Chichester, Page and Helmut Brinkmann. Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90. Floyd, Virginia: The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 2012.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of 53 framed photographs and supporting documentation for the exhibit "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" that was shown throughout Virginia as part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Exhibition Program from 1995 through 2009. Some of the locations the exhibit traveled to include: Roanoke College, Washington (DC) Center for Photography, Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech University. The exhibit was also shown at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia, in February 2012.

Series 1 includes the framed prints and exhibition labels and is in original order. All prints are black and white and framed (with frame 30x40 inches).

Series 2 consists of correspondence about exhibitions of the photographs, handwritten notes in German, German magazines, press clippings, and smaller prints and negatives. In addition to the catalog, photographs from the exhibit were published in KulturPolitik and FotoScene magazines in Germany, as well as various newspapers in Virginia. Among the documentary material that comes with the exhibit are copies of the German GEO and Stern special-editions on the fall of the wall from 1990, and a list of all the showplaces in Virginia. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Prints, 1989-1990 (Box 1-3)
Series 2: Documentation, 1989-2012 (Box 4)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibit collection must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds a large collection of posters that document the history of East Germany from the 1940s through the first elections in the 1990s. In addition, Special Collections Research Center also holds the Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland (KUD) photograph collection that consists of photographs that document the activities of the KUD, a West German organization that campaigned for reunification.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Brinkmann, Helmut.
Chichester, Page.

Geographical Names:

Germany (East)--Photographs.

Document Types:

Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

"Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibit collection, C0235, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Special Collections Research Center on June 21, 2013.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in August 2013. EAD markup completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in August 2013.

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Contents List

Series 1: Prints, 1989-1990 (Boxes 1-3)
This series consists of an itemized list of all prints from the "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90" exhibition and is in original order. All prints are black and white and framed (with frame 30x40 inches).
Box
1 "Daybreak, Erfurt," Page Chichester, 1989
"Daybreak, Erfurt," Page Chichester, 1989
"After Work, Weimar," Page Chichester, 1989
"After Work, Weimar," Page Chichester, 1989
"Junction, Jena-Paradies," Page Chichester, 1989
"Junction, Jena-Paradies," Page Chichester, 1989
"Planet Sculpture, Plaza of the Cosmonauts, Jena," Page Chichester, 1989
"Planet Sculpture, Plaza of the Cosmonauts, Jena," Page Chichester, 1989
"New Years Eve at the Stasi, Dresden," Page Chichester, 1989
"New Years Eve at the Stasi, Dresden," Page Chichester, 1989
"Stasi by Night, Dresden," Page Chichester, 1989
"Stasi by Night, Dresden," Page Chichester, 1989
"Festive Occasion, near Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Festive Occasion, near Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Broken Wagon, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Broken Wagon, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Trainyards, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Trainyards, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"We're Photogenic, Too!," Page Chichester, 1989
"We're Photogenic, Too!," Page Chichester, 1989
"Factory, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Factory, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"The Load-Up, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"The Load-Up, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Check Out, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Check Out, Bitterfeld," Page Chichester, 1989
"Tearing Down Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1989
"Tearing Down Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1989
"Norman, Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1989
"Norman, Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1989
Box
2 "Broken Window, Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1990
"Broken Window, Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1990
"Stroll Through Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1990
"Stroll Through Connewitz," Page Chichester, 1990
"The Look, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"The Look, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Waiting for the Streetcar, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Waiting for the Streetcar, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Train Station, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Train Station, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Forklift Repair Workshop, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Forklift Repair Workshop, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Haus Exklusiv, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Haus Exklusiv, Leipzig," Page Chichester, 1990
"Such a Deal, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Such a Deal, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Faceless Soldier, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Faceless Soldier, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Postcards from the Wall, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Postcards from the Wall, West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Historic Moment(um), West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"Historic Moment(um), West Berlin," Page Chichester, 1990
"P.C. and H.B. at the Wall, Berlin," Anonymous, 1990
"P.C. and H.B. at the Wall, Berlin," Anonymous, 1990
"Das Volk, Erfurt," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Das Volk, Erfurt," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"After the Celebration, Erfurt," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"After the Celebration, Erfurt," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Five Trash Cans, Eisenbach," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Five Trash Cans, Eisenbach," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Coal Cellar, Weimar," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Coal Cellar, Weimar," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Horse-riding Section, Weimar," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Horse-riding Section, Weimar," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Third Sign from the Top, Jena," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Third Sign from the Top, Jena," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Get Advice, Jena," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Get Advice, Jena," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
Box
3 "Karl Marx, K-M-Stadt (now Chemnitz)," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Karl Marx, K-M-Stadt (now Chemnitz)," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Organ Grinder, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Organ Grinder, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Ferrari, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Ferrari, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"At the Same Fence I, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"At the Same Fence I, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"At the Same Fence II, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"At the Same Fence II, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1989
"Marilyn, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Marilyn, Dresden," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Coal, Bitterfeld," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Coal, Bitterfeld," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Remember the Golden 50, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Remember the Golden 50, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Look and Buy, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Look and Buy, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"First Impression in the Night, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"First Impression in the Night, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Trabi, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Trabi, Leipzig," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Children at the Wall, West Berlin," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Children at the Wall, West Berlin," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Cannon, Flowers, and Column (Brandenburg Gate, Berlin)," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Cannon, Flowers, and Column (Brandenburg Gate, Berlin)," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Youth, Binz," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Youth, Binz," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Apartment House Manager, Ruegen," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Apartment House Manager, Rugen," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"The Two with the Trabi Tractor, Saxon," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"The Two with the Trabi Tractor, Saxon," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Handicapped Person's Getabout, Pima," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Handicapped Person's Getabout, Pima," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Cement for the Dinosaurs, Saxon," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"Cement for the Dinosaurs, Saxon," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"New Feeling, New Offerings, Lausitz," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
"New Feeling, New Offerings, Lausitz," Helmut Brinkmann, 1990
Series 2: Documentation, 1989-2012 (Box 4)
This series includes exhibition proposals, artists resumes and biographies, exhibition catalog, correspondence between institutions and the artists, correspondence between the artists, newspaper and magazine clippings related to the exhibitions. Photographic material is also included in this series. There are negatives, contact sheets, and prints.
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence and notes, 1993-1995
2 Exhibition catalog, correspondence, slides, 1993-2012
3 German magazines on reunification, 1989-1990
4 Press clippings, 1990-1995
Includes contact sheet and negatives
5 Prints and negatives, 1989-1990
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