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In June 1984, two Cologne photographers made their way to Berlin. Their ambitious goal was to document the inner-city section of the Wall along its length of over 18 km without any gaps. There was no official commission for this project which was undertaken in a 10-day span.
Burkhard Maus and Philip J. Bösel chose direct observation as their method of depiction. They viewed the 3.6 metre high wall soberly and without ornament, in sections and from an identical frontal perspective. They worked their way metre by metre along the concrete bulwark with stoic equanimity, breaking it down into 1,144 individual motifs. The black and white photographs taken in the 4.5 x 6 cm film format give the impression of ordinariness. Behind bushes, parked cars, bus stops and the scaffolding of viewing platforms is a wall that can be evaluated by aesthetic criteria as well; with slogans, pictures and graffiti that relate today what it was like to live with the wall.
Published in October 2014 by Kettler Verlag, Dortmund
First Edition. Limited to 1144 copies
192 pages / 1144 illustrations
23 × 26 cm