“Everyone seemed to feel connected to the place and responsible for it, to be acting in tacit consensus and always working to save the diversity of their island from the sea of gray for as long as possible” – Harf Zimmermann
In 1981, Harf Zimmermann (born: Dresden 1955) moved into a flat on Hufelandstrasse, East Berlin. His photographs of life on an a street marked by roomy pre-war apartments, ornate foyers, linden trees and family-run business. Hufelandstrasse was a rare survivor from a bygone age of capitalism and color. “In a word, it was less gray,” Mr. Zimmermann said. “There was more color.”
Hufelandstrasse’s look changed significantly during the decade he lived there, Mr. Zimmermann said. Many of the beautiful balconies that gave the apartment buildings their special character were removed in 1985 because of safety concerns. Later, when leaking gas lines polluted the soil, the linden trees died and were cut down. Mr. Zimmermann moved to nearby Mitte in 1991, seeking more space and a change of scenery. After a small gallery show in 1989, his photos of Hufelandstrasse sat untouched in a box for two decades.
Via: Lens Culture
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