Berlin center

Berlin has experienced many highs and lows in its history. When I moved to Berlin in 1986, the city was still strictly divided into East and West. A wall enclosed the western part of the city, which languished as a de facto appendage of West Germany. The eastern part vacillated between prestigious buildings and a decay of old buildings due to the economy of scarcity.

After the fall of the Wall, there was a brief Wild West period in which anything seemed possible. Huge investments flowed into real estate projects. There was construction on every corner – especially in the no-man’s land between the two parts of the city. A new urban centre was created at Potsdamer Platz, which this photo looks at. The newly created Holocaust Memorial can be seen in the foreground.

Information about taking this photo

  • Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • ISO: 100
  • Taken: 12 May, 2009

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