The Lost Border – Photographs of the Iron Curtain

In 1985 I began a photo-documentation of the Iron Curtain, travelling across Europe along the former dividing line between East and West. The pictures were made in color with a 4×5 view camera, and describe the topography of the border with its fences, watchtowers, and no man’s land. To my knowledge, this is the only comprehensive project of its kind dealing with the now-vanished Iron Curtain landscape.

The project was originally intended primarily as a documentation of the border landscape, but grew into a response to historical events when the East/West German border was unexpectedly opened in 1989. I photographed the gradual disintegration of the wall at the end of ’89 and ’90, and subsequently, I have photographed the remarkable changes occurring in Berlin, where the wall once cut through the city.



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