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Sunday, 10 November 2019

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Excellent pictures. There was also a moving set of pictures on the same subject available at the New York Times web site a day or so ago, but I'm not sure how to find them now. I really like this sort of documentary photography raised as it is here and at the NYT, to the level of art. Pictures like these will probably last forever, whatever storage media(s) are used.

Well worth watching. Thanks for the link Mike. All that hope on the faces of the people on both sides hasn't quite been fulfilled yet. But they're getting there.

Exactly 30 years ago (10. Nov at 9.00 PM), I was sitting in my car driving with a friend from Hamburg to Berlin. At about 0.30 AM we where standing on the wall in front of the Brandenburger Tor.

Thank you so much for the link to this wonderful collection of photographs.

More moving than I thought it would be. Love those black Nikons. My favourite graffiti from East Berlin, "Only the secret police know how cool I really am."

Living in Berlin, I'm enjoying a lot of photographic walks down memory lane these days, commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. And, as I've been covering this as a journalist for the Associated Press, of course I have to point out AP's photo collection of those days:https://apnews.com/afs:Content:8081521416

Excellent!

Warning! Although you probably think from the text that you're being directed to a photo gallery, you're actually being sent to a streaming video site.

[I don't understand why a warning is necessary. And isn't the "video" a gallery of photos?? --Mike]

So much emotion. So many smiles. Wonderful photos of a time beyond description.

I visited Berlin about six months before the Wall came down, and never thought that would happen - it had such a finality about it, even though cracks were appearing in the Iron Curtain (in Hungary) at the time. I was as shocked as anyone when I came back from lunch on 11/9 and saw the pictures on CNN. It's more than a little amusing that the sudden opening of the border was occasioned by a bureaucratic f**kup instead of a deliberate policy choice: https://www.amazon.com/Collapse-Accidental-Opening-Berlin-Wall/dp/0465064949/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2K4FKBA8BLHZE&keywords=the+collapse&qid=1573449280&s=books&sprefix=the+collapse%2Caps%2C582&sr=1-3

Excellent pictures of a joyful occasion, that of course, could not last.

Stunning!

Extremely moving photographs by my friends Peter and David. I agree with Mike that they should be watched full screen mode on a computer monitor with sound on for full effect.

Excellent photos BUT like David dyer-Bennet I don't need someone telling me when I've spent enough time looking at a photo. I prefer to turn pages on my own.

And that soupy elevator music doesn't add anything or help.

Great photos, brings back memories. But a funny thing happened to me when watching the photos: I felt that BW really isn't the medium for this, I remember the events in color and the color palette of the time and place being a part of the whole thing. I don't remember getting quite that feeling before.

Berlin. As American congressman or senator has alleged is Hong Kong today. Still remember the surprise by non-European Berlin is actually inside East German. And live Beethoven no 9. Not sure about Hong Kong this round live there. Seeing my chinese university of Hong Kong stormed by the police. There is no wall to build and no wall to break. The wall is invisible. Just like the 100 eyes, bodies and thousands of arrest the truth wound not come out until later if there is a later.

My adult life has bee predicated on the fall of the Iron Curtain. Though my studies made me miss the main event, I left New Zealand in 1995 and spent the next 20 or so years in Prague where, inter-alia, I met my wife who had there moved from Hamburg, after studying in Leipzig and Jena. One of our children was born in Prague, and our business, a Brew-pub where we sell goods primarily sourced to the Elbe valley, likewise. Without my five years working in environmental and human rights NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe, I certainly couldn't have taken this photo https://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834019aff549ab0970b-popup

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