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Photographic explorations at an authentic site of recent history
During the 1950s, Gunkanjima became one of the most densely populated places in the world with over 5,000 inhabitants. But after an accident and the restructuring of the Mitsubishi mining project, the mine closed in January 1974. The last inhabitants deserted the island, the connection by boat was suspended, and since then Gunkanjima has become a ghost town.
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 kilometres without any gaps.
30 years after its original and only release in 1987, Michael Schmidt's legendary photobook "Waffenruhe" ("Ceasefire") is considered as the best photobook about Berlin at the time of the Wall. It was never reprinted and very hard to find.