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The Lost Border: The Landscape of the Iron Curtain [Hardcover]

Anthony Bailey , Brian Rose
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31 Aug 2004
"Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar....Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe. From the Baltic, south, those barriers cut across Germany in a gash of barbed wire, concrete, dog runs, and guard towers. Farther south, there may be no visible, no obvious wall. But there remain armed guards and checkpoints all the same -- still a restriction on the right to travel, still an instrument to impose upon ordinary men and women the will of a totalitarian state."
Ronald Reagan delivered these words as part of his famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" speech of June 1987. Two years later, that wall did in fact come down. "The Lost Border" is the astonishing and powerful visual record of that transformation, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the wall's collapse.
Acclaimed photographer Brian Rose began shooting the borderlands between East and West -- from the Baltic Sea down to the Adriatic -- in the early 1980s, while the Cold War was still hot, and has been taking pictures of this eerie terrain ever since. "The Lost Border" documents the gradual disintegration of the Berlin Wall and the busy reclamation of what was -- and sometimes still remains -- a scarred and brutalized landscape.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (31 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568984936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568984933
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 25.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Rose is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in Architecture, Architectural Record, and Interior Design, among others.

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I began traveling along the Iron Curtain in 1985, documenting the fences and walls of the border that divided Central Europe splitting Germany in two and tracing the western edges of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating historical document. 2 Nov 2004
By Milhist
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The Lost Border is the astonishing and powerful visual record of that transformation, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the wall's collapse. Acclaimed photographer Brian Rose began shooting the borderlands between East and West -- from the Baltic Sea down to the Adriatic -- in the early 1980s, while the Cold War was still hot, and has been taking pictures of this eerie terrain ever since. The Lost Border documents the gradual disintegration of the Berlin Wall and the busy reclamation of what was -- and sometimes still remains -- a scarred and brutalized landscape.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Photographs but Lacks Descriptions 19 Sep 2012
By C. M. Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have lived all over the former Eastern Bloc of countries and was living in Germany when the Wall came down. We took a day trip from Wurtzburg to Cheb in Czechoslovakia and I saw the patrolled/fortified border that divided Europe. I did the same type of trip from Luneburg to Schwerin, crossing the East German border a few days later, once again crossing "no mans land" into a country that had been unthinkable to enter, just a few months earlier. The division of Europe has always fascinated me and I studied many classes in Soviet/Cold war politics at University. As such I wanted to buy this book, which I had presumed would be fascinating and bring back those memories of a forgotten border. I must say, as far as it goes it is a fascinating pictorial account of the old border. The problem is that there is very little descriptions or maps showing the exact locations of the wonderful photographs. I have tried locating the place the pictures were taking on things like Google maps but its impossible.

As far as the book goes its a great pictorial account of a journalists journey travelling down the "Iron Curtain" border from Germany and what he saw. If you want anything else from this book like some real political context of even locations for a lot of the photographs then this book is sadly lacking.

Great pictorial account but lacks maps and analysis of what he saw.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of its kind 1 Mar 2006
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Obviously, the book is a true exception and there is not much of a competition. Very nice pictures, capturing the spirit of the moment, the division oh so painful as it once was. It is more of an artbook, and I gather it must be simply acknowledged as that. For if you think you'll get a detailed picture and more facts about the iron curtain, this book is not it.
The iron curtain between the two Germanies gets most attention. It always had, no matter what publication.
So, my sigh goes to the poorly covered continuation of the iron curtain further south. For this price, I'll expect at least a precise description of where the photos were taken and when. Secondly, there is no excuse for the claim that the iron curtain south of german-german border was not so easily visible, when it simply is not true and witnesses more of the effort for excusing the selection of pictures, than a real quality research before undertaking the journey.
All in all, a good artbook, but could have been muuuuch better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking and chilling 15 Aug 2005
By Inge Rosemann - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up behind that border, lived in this grey cold world. The photographs brought back a lot of supressed memories. Looking through the book, I realized that these memories should be kept alive. Awesome and chilling at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone....the era has passed but it was real. A lot of lives were lost at that border and many untold stories are buried with it. To me that book is a tribute to all who suffered in the name of freedom, I was just one of many.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisionst 2 Oct 2005
By Hans Dieter Wulf - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lost Border by Brian Rose fulfills an historical need by photographing the Iron Curtain before it was relegated to the dustbin of history. The photos are are in color and fill the need of being historical rather than some modern black and white modern art form which would have defeated the whole purpose of the book. I have walked the Berlin Wall many times in the 60's & 70's to take photos and aggravate the guards and for me to see the rest of the Iron Curtain in this large format book was a pleasure. I compliment Mr Rose on his endeavor. These photos show the stark reality of the evil of communism in clear detail. The Lost Border is an asset to any library; home or otherwise.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea for a Photo Book 30 Sep 2005
By Robert A. Donner - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't seen anyone else put together a book like this, with shots from all along the Iron Curtain in the Cold War. My only disappointment was that there's not more of it - because the work in here is excellent, and I would have loved for it to not end so soon. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in what the Soviets did to Eastern Europe until the fall of communism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All along the Iron Curtain 12 Oct 2006
By connoisseur - Published on Amazon.com
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With photos taken in the mid 1980s the author takes us on a pictorial trip along the former Iron Curtain from the Baltic sea coast at Travemunde (West-East Germany) to the Adriatic sea coast at Trieste (Italy-Yugolsalvia [today Slovenia]); with a separate chapter on the Berlin Wall. They are superb photos full of (sad) atmosphere, poignancy and historical importance. Like another reader, I just wish there were more of them. The chapters with photos from the period following the collapse of the Soviet empire and thus its lengthy prison wall with the west are relevant too. The author doesn't provide any lengthy description of the physical nature of the fortifications, history of escape attempts, as well as the constrast in the lives of people on each side of the borders but that has been the subject of other books and there is no need to; the brief comments combined with the pictures are all you need to appreciate it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pictures of a bygone era 14 Jan 2008
By C. parisano - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must for those who have never seen the Border regions during the cold war. These pictures show the regions as they were then. The photographs in this book show these areas as beautiful, tranquil, quiet and foreboding, with the ever present eye of East German Guards peering at you from the border towers. Those fences and no mans land are gone now, and have since been replaced by reconstruction. These photographs are very rare and exclusive, taken throughout Berlin, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czeshoslovakia and Italy. It is a haunting reminder what communism was, especially for those who lived between the fences.
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