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Caught: The Art of Photography in the German Democratic Republic 
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304 pages 
University of California Press 
Published 1997 
From the Back Cover 
"This absolutely compelling analysis . . . situates the individual artists well in their milieu. The descriptions . . . are consistently forceful, persuasive, and highly informative." (Jean Quataert, coeditor of Connecting Spheres)  
About the Author 
Karl Gernot Kuehn is an internationally known photographer whose work has been widely exhibited at museums and university galleries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the author of Views of Los Angeles (1979), a photographic chronicle of the city's architectural evolution. He currently teaches the history of photography at California State University, Northridge, and the University of California, Los Angeles.  
Book Description 
Behind the Iron Curtain, against all odds, photography secretly flourished as an art in the German Democratic Republic. Karl Gernot Kuehn writes eloquently of East Germany from 1945four years before the socialist nation was officially carved out of the former German Reichto 1989, when the dictatorship fell and forty years of isolation ended. Analyzing how Walter Ulbricht and Erich Honecker harnessed the power of photography to shape and reflect the paradigmatic Marxist state, Kuehn reveals how this very same process inadvertently helped nurture individual creativity and the "silent revolution" of the 1980s. Caught offers the first in-depth appraisal of the artistic, social, and political evolution of the GDR through the eyes of the participating photographers. It is an intimate portrayal of a people "caught" in the conflicting dictates of ideology, artistic oppression, a troubled national past, and basic human desires.
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