The German Cities were made during the same period as Roth’s complex experiments on the Piccadillies. It is typical of his versatility that the results are very different. Taking 25 postcards of each city, Roth masked out all but the silhouette of one significant monument. This appears to be a response to the reductive view of the city imposed by tourism. In retrospect, the prints also reflect the divided state of post-war Germany, most evident in Berlin, to which Roth dedicated two prints.