East German Art of the Underground: A Conversation with Photographer Claus Bach

June 18, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

10 Poems, front cover of portfolio, © Claus Bach / Thomas Günther / Sabine Jahn. Courtesy Getty Research Institute (940002), Los Angeles.

In his twenties, Claus Bach, a photography artist who was born and grew up in the German Democratic Republic, formed an artists group with his high school friends Thomas Günther and Sabine Jahn. Working collaboratively for over a decade, the group produced creative inter-media works combining Bach’s photography with Günther’s poetry and Jahn’s prints. Examples of their collaborations are in the collections of the Wende Museum and the Getty Research Institute. Bach will be interviewed by Isotta Poggi, Associate Curator of Photographs at the GRI.

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