Kacel, E., (2016) ""Türme der Gastarbeiter: The Representation of Postwar Housing and the Migrant Inhabitants in Photography"" En: Alcolea, R.A, Tárrago-Mingo, J., (eds.), Congreso internacional: Inter photo arch ""Interferencias"", celebrado en Pamplona, los días 2 al 4 de Noviembre de 2016, (pp. 122-131)
Focusing on the city of Cologne and its postwar history, this paper investigates the
contradicting forms of the production, use, and circulation of photography that are
employed in representing the new image of the modern city and of the migrant-dweller.
The photographic exclusion of migrant inhabitants from the official documentary
photographs of the new towers built as workers’ housing contradicts the fact that those
towers were defined as urban landmarks to represent the new image of Cologne and
their color and black & white photographs were widely publicized. A comparison of two
photography genres –documentary and mise en scène– in the analysis reveals how the
framing of architectural photographs of the housing estates and the self-images staged
by migrant workers in public space generated simultaneous yet disengaged narratives in
architecture and photography.