These photographs were made on my first trip to Berlin in Oct 1989. I had seen photographs of the Berlin Wall, usually taken in daylight, and had seen it depicted in films by German -and other- film makers, but I wanted to make my own pictures of it, preferably at night. For decades the wall had been a feature of the Berlin landscape, but for a visitor it was breathtaking to experience first hand the ultimate symbol and full reality of that divided city. In that first week of October 1989 there was no indication that in less than 4 weeks East Germany and the Soviet Union would start to collapse. At the time it was like photographing the Great Wall or the Pyramids: a faded but still potent monument that wasn't expected to disappear anytime soon.
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Berlin Wall (Achtung)
Berlin Wall (Achtung)
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Berlin Wall (Checkpoint Charlie)
Berlin Wall (Checkpoint Charlie)
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Berlin Wall  (with Bush)
Berlin Wall (with Bush)
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Berlin Wall (American Sector)
Berlin Wall (American Sector)
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Berlin Wall (Streetcar Tracks)
Berlin Wall (Streetcar Tracks)
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Berlin Wall (Office Building and Killing Ground)
Berlin Wall (Office Building and Killing Ground)
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Berlin Wall (Reichstag)
Berlin Wall (Reichstag)
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Berlin Wall (Dark Alley with Green Sky)
Berlin Wall (Dark Alley with Green Sky)
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Berlin Wall (with Two Trees)
Berlin Wall (with Two Trees)
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Berlin Wall (Headless Statue and Airplane Lights)
Berlin Wall (Headless Statue and Airplane Lights)
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Berlin Wall (Swastika/Hammer and Sickle)
Berlin Wall (Swastika/Hammer and Sickle)
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Berlin Wall (Viewing Platform)
Berlin Wall (Viewing Platform)
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