Ulrich WÜST, trained as an urban planner, began photographing East German cities in the late 1970s. Today, his early work is recognized as a subtly formulated critique of social conditions in the GDR and one of the most important photographic records of the socialist state. Since the 1990s, he has expanded his practice to focus on the memory landscape of reunified Germany and the transfomations of both city and countryside, particularly the villages and farming culture of the Uckermark and other rural regions.
In this first survey monograph on Ulrich WÜST, 'The Presence of Something Past', Gary Van Zante provides a context for his work in American and German urban and landscape photography. Over two hundred photographs are published here, many for the first time, including a selection of his distinctive leporellos of titles series. An interview with the photographer and a list of exhibitions and publications are also included." (© Kerber Verlag, 2023)
The author of this first survey monograph on Ulrich WÜST, 'The Presence of Something Past', Gary Van Zante, is curator of photography, design, and architecture at the MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA.