Beautiful 1980s Portraits Capture The Vibrant Residents Of A Single East Berlin Street – Design You Trust

Beautiful 1980s Portraits Capture The Vibrant Residents Of A Single East Berlin Street

In 1981, Harf Zimmermann moved into a fifth-floor walkup apartment on Hufelandstrasse, a cobblestone street in East Berlin.

The rock group Phonolog.

The neighborhood was an anomaly in the increasingly drab Soviet-administered city. Buildings boasted proud facades and balconies, linden trees lined the broad sidewalks, and an unusual number of privately-owned shops remained in business.

But in 1985 the crumbling balconies were stripped away, and in 1987, with the soil poisoned by leaking gas lines, the last of the linden trees were felled. Feeling like the “final witness” to something that would soon be gone forever, Zimmermann went out onto the street with a large-format view camera.

“Everyone seemed to feel connected to the place and responsible for it, to be acting in tacit consensus and always working to save the diversity of their island from the sea of gray for as long as possible,” says Harf Zimmermann.

More info: Steidl (h/t: mashable)

At the corner of Hufelandstrasse and Bötzowstrasse.

HO (state-owned “Trade Organization”) butcher “Wild Geflügel” (game, poultry), No. 10.

Herr and Frau Fleischer in their engagement outfits with their dog Putzi.

Renovation electricians.

Rocky the bull terrier in front of a 1936 Mercedes.

My neighbor Frau Töpfer with her grandson René.

Frau Baer (center) with her daughter, her grandchild, and her daughter’s partner on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the founding of the GDR.

The bride and groom Frau and Herr Dressler, who have booked the package “traditional wedding, celebrating 750 years of Berlin.”

Two students in the eighth grade.

Student whose nickname was “Student.”

Employees of the cooperative “Berliner Blumen” (Berlin flowers), No. 18.

From left to right: Beate (freelancer) with her daughter Henriette, her partner Matthias (freelancer) with his son Gregor, and their daughter Lilly.

Ingeborg (front, cleaner), her son Lothar (left, carpenter), her grandson Guido and their grandmother.

Margot Schulz, disabled retiree, with three of her fourteen children.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

A Couple Find The Exact Locations From Movies And Films And Do Their Best To Recreate Scenes From Them
These Vintage Romanian Portrait Photographs In Terrible Condition Are Totally Haunting
Black Model Recreates Famous Fashion Campaigns To Highlight Lack Of Diversity In Fashion Industry
Marvelous Beauty And Lifestyle Portraits By Consuelo Sorsoli
George Clooney Gets Pre-Oscar Makeover at Madame Tussauds
Student Captures What Happens When People Are Told They Are Beautiful
Historic Photos: A Journey Through Time
Beautiful Watercolor Quotes By June Digan
Photographer Captures Stunning Overhead Shots Of An Island In Finland During All Four Seasons
Photographer Visits Famous Movie Scene Locations In Real Life
Here’s What Marijuana Looks Like Under The Microscope
Let's Enter A New World: Photography Masterpieces Of Vitas Luckus
Sensual Fine Art Self Portraits by Beth Parnaby
Soviet Youth Culture: Goths, Punks And Metalheads Of The USSR
Beautiful Winning Black And White Photos From The 2019 Monochrome Photographer Of The Year Contest
Stunning Finalists Photos From The "Through Our Eyes" Homeless Photography Project
Propaganda Pictures Of The Vietnam War From The Enemy Side
Spectacular Winning Images from The Milky Way Photographer of the Year 2021
Facebook Group Photoshops Plus-Sized Women To ‘Inspire’ Them To Lose Weight
Unique Photos Capture A Couple’s Visit To ‘Stranger Things 3’ Filming Locations
This Barber Artist Creates 3D Portraits In People's Hair
Beautiful Vintage Noir Photos Of New York City In The 1940s
Historical Photos Of The 1918 Spanish Flu That Show What A Global Pandemic Looked Like In The 1910s
Sisters Of The Valley: Fascinating Portraits Of Nuns Who Grow Marijuana