Category: eastberlin

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1985. The roof of the H…

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1985. The roof of the Hansa Studios where David Bowie recorded tracks for the ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ albums can be seen over The Wall above the dark section. I didn’t know about these studios at the time, so I never took proper photographs. Bowie was long gone by then, anyway.

East Berlin Oranienburger Strasse in 1985. 

East Berlin Oranienburger Strasse in 1985. 

Zimmerstrasse 1985. A clever mural on the Berl…

Zimmerstrasse 1985. A clever mural on the Berlin Wall, a painting of a hole in the wall, shaped like a skull. Five years later, there would be real holes in the wall here.

A mural of an airliner crashing painted on the…

A mural of an airliner crashing painted on the Berlin Wall at Zimmerstrasse 1985. 

Berlin Friedrichstrasse at the corner with Zim…

Berlin Friedrichstrasse at the corner with Zimmerstrasse in June 1985. The Adler Apotheke building on the left was in a sad state of disrepair at that time. Note the two men waiting for people to come through the border controls from East Berlin are taking care not to step over the demarcation line between east and west. 

East Berlin 1985. The base of the TV tower at …

East Berlin 1985. The base of the TV tower at Alexanderplatz.

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1985.

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1985.

Berlin 1985. The Berlin Wall passes an ‘Urban …

Berlin 1985. The Berlin Wall passes an ‘Urban Farm’ set up on a cleared bombed-out area next to Bethaniendamm in Kreuzberg. 

Berlin Waldemarstrasse 1985. The viewing platf…

Berlin Waldemarstrasse 1985. The viewing platform to see over the Wall into the Eastern or Russian Sector is centre left, on the corner with Luckauer Strasse.

Berlin Waldemarstrasse 1985. The ‘Wall-Artists…

Berlin Waldemarstrasse 1985. The ‘Wall-Artists’ were very active at this date, doing major imaginative work along the Wall for several kilometers it seemed. Unfortunately the paintings did not escape defacement for very long, but I managed to capture on colour film a fair bit of it before that happened.