Berlin Tut Gut
Unveiling a new Berlin straining to be reborn.
The German phrase Berlin Tut Gut is seen on a banner in one of my photographs of the old Olympic Stadium in Berlin. This simple and widely used advertising slogan was circulated by the Berlin tourist office in the 1980s. Translated, Berlin is good for you, its frame of reference is found in these images to evoke the close ties between place and politics, and to regard the historical importance of the fall of the Wall as recognition for building hope.
To commemorate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Wall's collapse, this collection offers a glimpse of an era in transition, set between 1988-2000. Remnants of Nazism and the Cold War are evident in the images, as is the Wall itself, reflecting the mood of the city as seen through its changing landscape.
(In June, 1990, I also became one of the so-called “wall peckers” who helped take down the wall. See story: Building Hope, Not Walls).