Gerd Danigel was born in 1959 in East Berlin. In his school days, he found an insatiable passion for painting and drawing. His goal was not the abstract, but the exact representation of what is seen.
When Gerd was about 14, he borrowed from his sister a Penti 2 half frame camera and learned the basic techniques of negative and positive photo processing. "I realised rather fast that through photography I could depict with the highest precision, and that my creativity could blossom thanks to the variety of focal lengths and negative formats available," he says. "I wanted to take as many photographs as possible of what might interest me and my fellows. With time and in various photo communities I had many hands-on experiences, some of which proved ground breaking for me. Photography was to define my life."
From 1979 until today more than 200 cameras went through his hands, he used them to took a lot of photographs of Berlin. And here, below is a selection of interesting Black and White photos of Berlin from between 1978 and 1998 taken by Gerd Danigel.
(All photos are Copyright © Gerd Danigel)