November 3, 2010. Just one month ago, the Berlin fashion photographer Sibylle Bergemann died of cancer at the age of 69. The works she left are black-and-white photos, which documents fashion, life and spirit of the GDR.In the late 60s, Bergemann began publishing her first photos in magazines like Sonntag, Das Magazin o Sybille. But one of her masterpieces is the graphic documentation of the installation of the sculpture dedicated to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in Alexanderplatz. Since 1990, she promoted her own photography agency, which nowadays represents over 20 artists.
Having lived for almost 30 years in a communist country, she always managed capturing the discreet charm of an originally provocative image, which usually is shown in fashion. Her photos show the ideals, idols and icons of German socialism, leaving space for own interpretations and reflections. Her works in Sibylle include romanticism, fantasy, mystery on one hand, and portraits of celebrities as Nina Hagen (1976) and Inge Keller (1978) on the other hand.
At the moment, until January 3, there is an exhibition at the German Historical Museum of Berlin, which contains some of her graphic documentation works (Kunst und alter Krieg, Deutsche Positionen 1945-89).