Photographer's Note

Taken at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, in brilliant sunlight.

Until the first years of WW II, Potsdamer Platz counted among the most frequented and crowded traffic hubs in Europe and was a centre for the political, social and cultural scenes of Berlin.

After allied air raids, the surrounding buildings fell in ruins, debris and the remaining buildings were removed eventually after the war, and the huge area was abused as a black market and storage space for construction materials. The infamous Berlin Wall cut off Potsdamer Platz from its smaller equivalent in East Berlin, Leipziger Platz, leaving it an open terrain in direct vicinity to the border almost without any visible value.

This came to an end three days after the opening of the wall: on November 12th, 1989, a provisorical border crossing between West Berlin and the GDR was opened following the former street to Leipziger Platz.

After the German reunification, Potsdamer Platz became the biggest construction site of Europe where a complete new quarters raised from scratch.
Apart from Sony Center, there are several skyscrapers, and we see here Forum Tower, Kollhoff-Tower (with a 360°-panorama platform which I would recommend to any visitor) and Bahntower, the seat of Deutsche Bahn AG (from left to right). Situated not far from Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag or Holocaust Memorial, the area has become a touristical attraction of high importance.

I decided for B&W to get rid of the blue.

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