"Sibylle" listed among the most popular magazines in the GDR. From 1956 to 1990 it was published every two months in an edition of 200.000 copies, which used to run immediately out of stock. Until 1995 it was available all over Germany. The magazine's success is referred to its aspiration to combine fashion, photography and culture.
Three of OSTKREUZ' founding members, Sibylle Bergemann, Ute and Werner Mahler, are among the photographers who shaped the particular aesthetics of the magazine.
Until 22 August a selection of photo spreads will be displayed in in the exhibition »Sibylle – Modefotografie und Frauenbilder in der DDR« at the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam. Comments of photographers, editors and models complement the exhibition prints.
Parallel to the opening in May, Lehmstedt Verlag released the book "Sibylle – Modefotografien 1962-1994”, including characteristic fashion and portrait photographies as well as a preface of the editor Dorothea Melis, head of the magazine's fashion department in the 1960s. In addition to various reviews in German, the book was discussed in English on the blog of the lifestyle and culture magazine of "The Economist".
On 22 August, the last day of the exhibition, the documentary film Träume nicht Sibylle (directed by Julie Schrader) will be shown at Filmmuseum Potsdam at 11 am, presenting a personal portrait of editors and photographers of the magazine, including Ute Mahler. Visitors of the film matinee will be granted reduced admission to the exhibition on presentation of the ticket.
all images © Dawin Meckel/OSTKREUZ