In 1985 I began photographing the landscape of the Iron Curtain from the Baltic to the Adriatic Seas. Berlin, a divided city, lay to the east within East Germany, and was the most visible component of that border, a vivid symbol of the Cold War.
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, seemingly a permanent fixture of the city and the political landscape. After a series of startling events, it was suddenly opened on November 9, 1989--20 years ago.
A few weeks after the opening, I returned with my view camera and photographed the crumbling of the Wall, and have continued to document the changes in the former border zone and elsewhere in the city.
Berlin is now one city, though as always a multi-centered metropolis. Its divisions remain evident, historical fault lines exposed—and the Wall, preserved in a few slabs here and there, remains a powerful artifact of the imagination.