Category: color

Colossal head of Constantine, in the courtyard…

Colossal head of Constantine, in the courtyard in the Capitoline Museum, Rome 1985.

Two West Berlin poster columns from 1985. They…

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 Ber…

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 maj…

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. 

Berlin Krumme Lanke U-Bahnhof in 1984. This bu…

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 Museum Island 1980 and 1993. The New Mu…

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.

Berlin Bornholmer Strasse 1990s. This station …

Berlin Bornholmer Strasse 1990s. This station does not appear on the DDR-time maps of the rail system that I have. It does appear after 1990, and this platform in this photograph was a temporary one, before the station was properly rebuilt. The border between east and west went through here, and there was a crossing point for Berliners and West Germans on the bridge above.

East Berlin Schönhauser Allee in 1994. 

East Berlin Schönhauser Allee in 1994. 

Schönhauser Allee U und S-Bahnhof, in the earl…

Schönhauser Allee U und S-Bahnhof, in the early 1990s, when the roads in East Berlin were dug up for mile after mile, renovating all the services, electricity, water, telephone etc to western standards.

The death-zone side of the Berlin Wall, with ‘…

The death-zone side of the Berlin Wall, with ‘we were here’ handprints, after the fall of said wall, in 1990.