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Fotografie Verboten


Fotografie Verboten


May 30 1989. Kurt Buchwald stages the action Fotografie Verboten at the world time clock and Neptune fountain in Berlin-Alexanderplatz. Buchwald attached signs showing a camera with a red diagonal cross through the middle, signifying that photography was not allowed. When Buchwald began taking photos himself to document his action, a nearby police officer stopped him and pointed to the signs. Buchwald was arrested, but as the action was part of an official, approved art show, he was soon released. Buchwald later invited the police and other passersby on the scene to attend a gallery talk related to his action a few days later. The police did not attend. Wolfgang Krause also staged a version of the action on the same date in Dresden-Neustadt.




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