Through the Berlin Wall by Louise Fahy

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A cyclist passes by one of the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall. Viewed from the former East German side. Photographed with a Sony DSLR and modified with Gimp.

Featured in Gorgeous Germany in February 2009.

Sold as a matted print in September 2009.

I have put together a calendar of graffiti that I have seen around the world. It can be found by clicking on the following link:

The Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) was a physical barrier separating West Berlin from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (East Germany), including East Berlin. The longer inner German border demarcated the border between East and West Germany. Both borders came to symbolize the Iron Curtain between Western and Eastern Europe.

The wall separated East Germany from West Germany for more than a quarter-century, from the day construction began on August 13, 1961 until the Wall was opened on November 9, 1989.

During this period, at least 136 people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall into West Berlin, according to official figures. However, some victims’ groups claim that more than 200 people were killed trying to flee from East to West Berlin. The East German government issued shooting orders to border guards dealing with defectors; such orders are not the same as shoot to kill orders which GDR officials denied ever issuing.

When the East German government announced on November 9, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin, crowds of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, parts of the wall were chipped away by a euphoric public and by souvenir hunters; industrial equipment was later used to remove almost all of the rest of it.

The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.


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  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudover 5 years ago

    great capture !

  • Thank you!

    – Louise Fahy

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullover 5 years ago

    super capture :o)

  • Cheers!

    – Louise Fahy

  • juliewoodhouse
    juliewoodhouseover 5 years ago

    Great shot, well captured! At a guess taken from within ‘Topography of Terror’ site?

  • Thanks. And yes, spot on, that’s exactly where I took it :-)

    – Louise Fahy

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 4 years ago

    I love the richness of the colour in this…..and how I love that amazing city! Such a beautiful image.

  • Thank you – it is an amazing city isn’t it!!

    – Louise Fahy

  • ragman
    ragmanover 4 years ago

    probably the best image I’ve looked at this year ~ excellent capture ~ great theme

  • Probably the best compliment i’ve received this year! ;-) Thanks so much, it’s a really fantastic city full of energy and life….I hope I captured a little bit of that in this picture.

    – Louise Fahy

  • evilcat
    evilcatover 4 years ago

    Such a great capture! This is one of my favourites of yours :-)

  • merci!

    – Louise Fahy

  • nicona
    niconaover 4 years ago


  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

  • Laurie Freeman
    Laurie Freemanover 4 years ago

    Wow! Powerful image. Love it being in black and white! Well done! :)))))))))

  • NUNSandMoses
    NUNSandMosesover 4 years ago

    Excellent image and write up.

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