Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana Roma 1985
A scan of a silver halide print done in my darkroom at the time. I have decided to revisit my Rome material, much of which was posted on this blog in 2013-2014. The black sky was achieved using a red filter on the camera lens with a perfect cloudless blue sky.
Colossal head of Constantine, in the courtyard in the Capitoline Museum, Rome 1985.
Two West Berlin poster columns from 1985. They show the lively cultural scene there, both high and lowbrow. I used to collect Berlin posters when I could get hold of them. I had them framed and hung all over my house.
Berlin poster columns in 1985. One is from Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR, the other from Berlin (West). No prizes for guessing which is which.
Berlin Café Kranzler in 1985, undergoing a major restoration. This café on the Kurfürstendamm was a symbol of freedom and prosperity for West Berliners in the dark times when the city was divided. After reunification it struggled, and finally closed in 2000. The rotunda at the top now has a small café, but the rest of the building contains an up-market clothes store.
Modern artworks in the garden of the Martin-Gropius-Bau in 1982. The Berlin Wall can be seen in the background of the top picture.
Berlin Krumme Lanke U-Bahnhof in 1984. This building influenced other architects to design in this style, now thought of as a typical 1930s look. This particular building was actually demolished four years after I took this shot, and a new one built largely looking the same, but without the imbiss in front of the main entrance.
Berlin Bahnhof Westkreuz in 1986. As this station is mainly an interchange between S-Bahn lines, the building shown here was little used. It was demolished in the early 1990s.
Berlin Museum Island 1980 and 1993. The New Museum remained a ruin throughout the DDR period, seen in the lower picture. By 1993, as shown in the top picture, though still very much a ruin, some serious work was beginning to rebuild and renovate.
From ‘Klub Der Volkssolidarität’ to ‘Sukho Thai’. Three shots of the corner at Bernauer Strasse and Oderberger Strasse, in 1986, 1991 and 2014.