Sibylle Bergemann

Sibylle Bergemann ( born August 29, 1941 in Berlin, † November 1, 2010 at Gransee ) was a German photographer of international renown. In 1990 she founded with the photographers agency Ostkreuz.

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Bergemann graduated from 1958 to 1960 a business education and worked until 1965 in the profession. From 1965 to 1967 she worked on the editorial staff of the magazine The Magazine. In 1966 she began training as a photographer Arno Fischer, with whom she was married since 1985. Since 1967 she was a member of the Direct freelance photographer. Since 1969, published photos of her in the weekly Sunday since 1973 in the fashion magazine Sibylle and in the magazine. She also worked for the publishing house The morning and the Greifenverlag.

In 1974 she had her first solo exhibition in the House of Young Talents in Berlin. In 1977 she was a member of the Association of Artists of the GDR. From 1975 to 1986 she created a multi-year contract work, a photo documentary on the making of the Marx-Engels- Forum in Berlin -Mitte.

In 1990 she was a founding member of the agency of photographers east cross. It participated in 1991 in the project Almediterrana 92 in Almería. Since 1994 she was a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. She taught at the Ostkreuzschule of Photography and Design in Berlin- Weissensee. Bergemann and fishermen pulled in 2004 from her home on Schiffbauerdamm 12 after 28 years due to a renovation. The old building apartment directly at the Friedrichstrasse station was a favorite haunt of GDR photographers and many internationally known photographers such as Henri Cartier- Bresson, Helmut Newton, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, Barbara Klemm and Ellen Auerbach. Many international contacts mediated the director of the French Institute of East Berlin, who directed her in 1988 and the first departure from the GDR to Venice in the way. The end of their residency rights they committed with a closing event, which in turn was documented with an exhibition. The project of a private school for budding photographers in the same building was also completed by the renovation. Her husband stopped here as a professor of photography in Leipzig most of his seminars from. Bergemann led the onset of her cancer returned to the forced exodus from this apartment.

In the years 2006/2007, the artist had a successful exhibition at the Academy of Arts in Berlin and the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig. In 2009, she presented some of her work in the group exhibition Eastern time. Stories from a Vanished Country at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.

After a long struggle against cancer Sibylle Bergemann died on 1 November 2010 Gransee at the age of 69 years.


Solo exhibitions (selection )

Group exhibitions ( selection)

  • 2010: Eros and Stasi. East German Photography Collection Gabriele Koenig. Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen
  • 2010: ' Invisible Past - Images of a vanishing time ', Johanna Breede PHOTO ART, Berlin
  • 2010/2011: " HIGHLIGHTS " Johanna Breede PHOTO ART, Berlin
  • 2013: ' WOMEN ', Johanna Breede PHOTO ART, Berlin
  • 2014: ' MEN ', Johanna Breede PHOTO ART, Berlin


Work in public and private collections (selection)

  • Berlin Gallery, Berlin
  • German Bundestag, Berlin
  • Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Action Man, Bonn
  • Land Brandenburg Lotto GmbH, Potsdam
  • Brandenburg art collections, Cottbus
  • Museum of History and Art, Dortmund
  • Centre régional de la Photographie North Pas -de -Calais, Douchy
  • DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main
  • National Gallery Moritzburg, Halle / Saale
  • Collection F. C. Gundlach, Hamburg
  • Musée de l' Elysée, Lausanne
  • Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig
  • GAFF, Gallery of Photography, Rotenburg / Wümme
  • Joshua P. Smith Collection, Washington
  • Art Collection German Stock Exchange
  • Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa )

Literature (selection )

  • Short biography to: Bergemann, Sibylle. In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 1 Ch links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4.

As author

  • Astonished reality. Photographs. ex pose verlag, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-925935-11-8 ( Afterword by Jutta Voigt ).
  • Sibylle Bergemann, photographs. Edition Braus, Heidelberg 2006, ISBN 3-89904-252-2 ( companion volume to the exhibition of the same ).
  • Window. Edition Braus, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-86228-024-7.

As an illustrator

  • Klaus Walter: Berlin, capital of the GDR. A travel seducer. Greifenverlag, Rudolstadt 1980.
  • Irene Runge: Heaven Hell Manhattan. 2nd edition. Publishing the morning, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-371-00019-2.
  • Irene Runge, 'Do not ever say Holland. A sketchbook. Publishing the morning, Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-371-00136-9.


  • My Life - The photographer Sibylle Bergemann. Documentary, Germany, 2010, 43 min, Book: Maria Vishnevsky, Director: Sabine Michel, Production: It Works! Media, ZDF, Arte, first broadcast arte, January 16, 2011, 16.30 clock, Summary of AdK.