Stones Have Memories
The Stones Have Memories
This photographic exploration of the landmarks of the Cold War in Berlin, Germany is the result of several years of research and collaboration with historians in Berlin and the United States. Berlin was the epicenter of the Cold War after the end of World War II and home to tragic tales of families separated, oppression and persecution by the East German State and their Soviet allies.
I was compelled to tackle this project after I viewed a news item about relics of history being lost due to the rebuilding efforts in Berlin since reunification began in 1990. As a photographer I was fascinated by the architecture in Berlin and a s a journalist and child of the Cold War era I was interested in the idea that history can be so closely tied to a physical place. My personal interest in Berlin began even earlier, as a child. The evening news was frequently filled with reports of escape attempts to the West and every good spy thriller featured Berlin as a backdrop. My father would also tell me stories about Germany from his time serving in the armed forces in Europe in the early 1960's and this became a major influence on my interest in the topic.
I have seen many beautiful artistic endeavors about the Wall but never a broader documentation of the many sites relevant to the Cold War in Berlin. My intention for this project is to compile and share a bit of history and pay respect to the generations of Germans who experience the Cold War first-hand. This online gallery is an excerpt from a much larger collection of photos I created in 2008. The exhibit was comprised of eight, 30"x40" silver prints that showed in galleries in New York, Berlin and my hometown in Montana. The prints are now part of the permanent collection of the Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.