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Melis, Roger (1940 - 2009)

During the early days of his practice, Roger Melis worked in the socialist realist style for official East German publications. Yet, rapidly, the German photographer grew eager to move away from control and propaganda and became more critical of the socialist era and thus was banned from working for the GDR press. He depicted the world of Eastern Germany, from its restless workers and provocative artists to rebellious teenagers, the whole set against the monumental Soviet architecture or within the tiny spaces of their homes. Often melancholic, his images resisted ‘socialist consciousness’ but clearly established the specificities of his cultural environment. Not only did Roger Melis pay tribute to August Sander’s portrayal of 1930s Germany, but also did he enable a rare and unofficial representation of East Germany before the fall of its shameful wall.
 

Tags / Roger Melis - German Photographer - Portrait - 1970s - Society - Melancholy
Roger Melis, Acker Street, Berlin, 1985
Roger Melis, Acker Street, Berlin, 1985
Roger Melis, Anklam, 1983
Roger Melis, Anklam, 1983
Roger Melis, Wedding in a Village, 1974
Roger Melis, Wedding in a Village, 1974
Roger Melis, Helene Weigel, Weimar, Germany, 1965
Roger Melis, Helene Weigel, Weimar, Germany, 1965
Roger Melis, Heringsdorf, 1983
Roger Melis, Heringsdorf, 1983
Roger Melis, Indian, 1974
Roger Melis, Indian, 1974
Roger Melis, Katharina Thalbach, Berlin, 1972
Roger Melis, Katharina Thalbach, Berlin, 1972
Roger Melis, Kollwitz Street, Berlin, 1974
Roger Melis, Kollwitz Street, Berlin, 1974
Roger Melis, Painters, Berlin, 1980
Roger Melis, Painters, Berlin, 1980
Roger Melis, Manfred Krug Shorly Before his Departure, 1977
Roger Melis, Manfred Krug Shorly Before his Departure, 1977
Roger Melis, On Museum Island, Berlin, 1980
Roger Melis, On Museum Island, Berlin, 1980
Roger Melis, Monika Maron, Berlin, 1990
Roger Melis, Monika Maron, Berlin, 1990
Roger Melis, Fritz Cremer, Sculptor, date unknown
Roger Melis, Fritz Cremer, Sculptor, date unknown
Roger Melis, Sarah Kirsch, 1977
Roger Melis, Sarah Kirsch, 1977
Roger Melis, Chimney Sweep, 1974
Roger Melis, Chimney Sweep, 1974
Roger Melis, New Year, 1975
Roger Melis, New Year, 1975
Roger Melis, Ummel on Michelangelo Street, Berlin, 1969
Roger Melis, Ummel on Michelangelo Street, Berlin, 1969
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