LOOKING AND FEELING: PHOTOGRAPHING ESCAPE FROM EAST GERMANY
‘Looking and Feeling: Photographing Escape from East Germany’, in Burcu Dogramaci and Elizabeth Otto, eds. Passages of Exile, special issue of Exilforschung: Ein internationales Jahrbuch, Society of Exile Studies, Vol 35, München, 2017: 268–285.
In this essay, I consider the passages of exile taken by citizens of Soviet-controlled
East Germany escaping to freedom in the West, and I analyze the psychological,
emotional, and evidential components of such events. This includes
reflecting on the ways in which these events of passage were seen and recorded,
and the ways in which emotion is either conveyed through or is caused by the
act of photographing such incidents.