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I was working in London in the spring of 1990, between the time the Berlin Wall was breached (Nov 1989) and when the two Germanies were unified (July 1990). Since I was in the neighborhood anyway ( :-) ), I took a long weekend and went over to Berlin to see what was happening. Also, my boss back in New York had told me that when - not if - I went to Berlin, he wanted a piece of the wall. Well, so did I, so I stood in front of the wall (on the western side) and watched as various workers chipped away at it. In this picture, some guy was using a hammer and chisel, but this was very time-consuming, as this was a "fourth-generation" wall made of concrete hardened with, among other things, asbestos. But he kept at it. (The splotches of blue in the photo are remnants of the graffiti that used to cover the western side of the wall.)

Technical: Kodachrome slide, digitized and sharpened.

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