John Gossage

The East through the Wall

John Gossage
The East through the Wall, 1987
From Berlin in the Time of the Wall
Gelatin-silver print, 43.8 x 32.3 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur

© John Gossage

b. 1946 (New York, US), lives and works in Washington, US
His various artist’s books allowed John Gossage to respond to what he considered Western photographers’ disinterest in the Berlin Wall. They are integral elements of his overarching artistic project of visualizing unpleasant, hidden, and repressed elements of urban space. Gossage published little when the Wall was still standing. For example, “Stadt des Schwarz” (City of black; 1987) includes no more than eighteen images. Only in “Berlin in the Time of the Wall” (2004) were a large number of his uncanny, black-and-white impressions made public; the photographs contrast dark fragments of Berlin with intentionally fuzzy contours.