Warum Dresden
Fotografien 1984/85 & 2015
Seiichi Furuya/Kunsthaus Dresden/Technische Sammlungen Dresden

192 pp.
numerous black-white and colour images
thread-sewn softcover

Leipzig March, 2017
ISBN: 9783959050838
Edition Number: 1

Width: 18 cm
Length: 24 cm

Language(s): German

Kunsthaus Dresden, Technische Sammlungen Dresden

Seiichi Furuya

Helmut Völter

Manfred Wiemer

Seiichi Furuya’s Dresden photographs from 1984/85 are a most unlikely document — a view of daily life in the latter days of the GDR recorded by a Japanese photographer, who had been a major player in the photography scene in Austria since the beginning of the 1980s. Furuya came to Dresden as an interpreter for a Japanese construction company. His pictures are private — a young family in an intimate setting, their deep-seated anxieties and moments of happiness — and it is more in passing that he records everyday life and society. His view from the outside, a stranger’s way of seeing things, has no equivalent in the art photography of the GDR. In 2015 an exhibition project brought Furuya back to Dresden, where he took a series of new pictures: photographs of familiar places, onto which capitalist life has now inscribed itself, thirty years on, and of the Pegida demonstrations that have completely transformed the image of the city.

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