Saturday, February 20, 2021

55 Fascinating Photographs Showing Life in East Germany in the Mid-1970s

 During the Cold War and following the construction of the Berlin Wall, many parts of the world had few ways of fully ascertaining what life was like in East Germany. Indeed, the Eastern Bloc state was isolated from the West in both physical and ideological senses for decades.

Aided substantially by the Internet, years after the wall came down photographers from behind the Iron Curtain have been able to disseminate images of “closed” life to the public, giving us visual insights into the many differences – and similarities, at least superficially – between East German and Western life.

These stunning photos were taken by photographer Thomas Hoepker that show everyday life of East Germany in 1974.

(Photos © Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos) 

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