west berlin,

The Berlin Wall on Zimmerstrasse viewed from Charlottenstrasse in March 1979. One of the first pictures I took in Berlin. Taken on a cheap Russian toy camera, decades before they became fashionable. The lens was sharp but with fall-off around the edge. The viewfinder was terrible, hence the mis-framing. I did have good cameras, I was just scared of taking them into dodgy areas like this. I got over that eventually.

David Bowie on the day he performed "Heroes" live in Berlin on June 6th, 1987, in front of the Reichstag in Berlin:

“I will never forget that. 

It was one of the most emotional performances I’ve ever done. I was in tears.

 They backed up the stage to the wall itself so that it was acting as a backdrop. We kind of heard that a few of the East Berliners might actually get the chance to hear the thing, but we didn’t realise in what numbers they would. 

And there were thousands on the other side that had come close to the wall. So it was like a double concert, where the wall was the division. 

And we would hear them cheering and singing along from the other side. 

God, even now I get choked up. It was breaking my heart. I’ve never done anything like that in my life. And I guess I never will again.”

Originally posted by i-am-my-own-drugs