Roger Melis – In Einem Stillen Land


Lehmstedt Verlag 2019

With a selection of his best images from 25 years, Roger Melis is the first photographer from the East to draw a comprehensive portrait of the GDR and its inhabitants in this book. The atmospherically dense, often symbolic pictures soberly and critically illuminate everyday life, working and living conditions and the political rituals in real socialism. They lead across the countryside, villages and cities between the Baltic Sea, Harz and Ore Mountains and through his hometown Berlin. The pictures by Roger Melis testify to the skepticism and resignation of the East Germans, but also to their pride, their spirit of contradiction and their longings. Almost two decades after the fall of the GDR, an interior view of this “quiet country” was created that is second to none.

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