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IRMA’S CAMERA: BERLIN IN JULY 1953

Irma Luise was a well-to-do American and an amateur photographer who arrived in West Berlin in July 1953. Her camera, loaded with Kodachrome film, allowed her to capture street scenes so full of deep, saturated colours and so filled with warm July sunlight that looking at them now, in December 2018, you would wish nothing else but to be able to step into the pictures and feel both the thrill and the warmth of the moments she caught on film.

Irma died at the age of 100 and childless – her estate was in the hands of her accountant whose other client saved thousands of her photos and slides from being discarded. You can read more about her and the person who eventually presented her often incredibly good photos to the world on Flashbak website. The page also shows some more of her Berlin images. 

Just to give you the taste, however, here are several photos (all by Irma Luise, copyright lies with Found Slides ) I found particularly appealing. Enjoy them!

A construction site with the “Berliner Morgenpost” fence (image by Irma Luise)
Ku’damm at U-Bhf “Uhlandstraße” 
Ruins of residential buildings around the old Potsdamer Platz 
Street-tram travelling down the old Potsdamer Straße – Weinhaus Huth on the right is the only still existing pre-war building on today’s Potsdamer Platz.
Ku’damm in July 1953

2 comments on “IRMA’S CAMERA: BERLIN IN JULY 1953

  1. berlioz1935
    Jan 1, 2019

    Thank you for giving us the link too. Great pictures of the period after the war when West-Berlin started to be rebuilt.

  2. fotoeins
    Feb 6, 2019

    Thanks for helping to bring Irma Luise’s photographic work further into light. Those July colours!

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