Photos of Berlin: Before and After the Wall

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The Berlin Wall was not just a concrete barrier splitting a city into two different worlds, it was a real ideologically frontier. The city that was one before 1961, became two real distinct cities after the wall was built by the GDR (German Democratic Republic) in 1961.

If you know a little bit about the story of this city, you sure know how much this wall¬†made a mark on everyone’s minds. It’s even been called the “Wall of Shame”. Imagine, a capital as big as Berlin (more than 3 million citizens in 1961), split in two in less than 2 days. Some people got even their house cut in half by it. Your life totally changes overnight. You were used to going skating with your best friend every day, but from this day, you can’t even think about seeing him/her because of this wall.

Even tho the wall got destroyed in 1989, it is still today a big source of inspiration for artists. Today, I want to share with you a series of pictures taken from different photographers that compares places before and after the wall.

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Jo Furch: Berlin Then and Now

There is also a German photographer, Jo Furch, that decided to explore the city in search of specific locations in order to take photograph and compared them to old archive pictures took during the XIX century.

The Altes Museum (German for Old Museum) 1936 / 2019

Berlin 1936 Altes Museum, Credits :


Berlin 2019 Altes Museum, Credits :


Berlin Wall 1976 / 2019

Berlin 1976 Berlin Wall, Credits :


Berlin 2019 Berlin Wall, Credits :


Brandenburger Tor 1979 / 2019

Berlin Brandenburger Tor 1979, Credits :


Berlin Brandenburger Tor 2019, Credits :


Kreuzberg 1986 / 2019

Berlin Kreuzberg 1986, Credits :


Berlin Kreuzberg 1986, Credits :


Kreuzberg 1985 / 2019

Berlin Kreuzberg 1985, Credits :


Berlin Kreuzberg 2019, Credits :


If you want to discover more about Jo Furch amazon project, you can go over his Facebook page.

About the Author Betchphoto

Captivated by the digital world and particularly attracted by everything related to creativity, Martin is an amateur photographer and digital marketer who has more than 10 years of experience with Adobe Photoshop. Check his about page here

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