Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst

Ulrich Wüst’s photographic work captures his wanderings through German history, portraying the social and urban transformations from the GDR and its disintegration, through the German reunification to the present day. Wüst revives the German history in a new static way, where the past and present clash in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.  

Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst shows a selection of nine suites taken between 1978 and 2019. Ulrich Wüst’s photographic work can be contemplated from different perspectives. While the observations captured here are rooted in Germany’s division and its mending, at the same time they always relate to universal phenomena of social change and its material manifestations. The seemingly terse images, extremely precise in their composition, are the fruits of lengthy visual wanderings through present sites of recent history.

Image: Berlin 1982. From the series: Stadtbilder. 1979–1985. 16 x 24 cm © Ulrich Wüst; ifa. Dodendorfer Straße 1998. Aus der Serie: Morgenstraße. Magdeburg 1998 –2000. 18 x 27 cm © Ulrich Wüst; ifa