Story behind the Image. Journalist Magazine interview on the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany.
East Meets West 1989
© John Angerson
In 1989 the Bornholmer Strasse border crossing was the first breach of the Berlin wall by citizens of the DDR. The World’s media began to broadcast images of the citizens of East and West Berlin punching holes in the concrete Berlin wall. One young 19-year-old photographer decided this was an historic event he could not miss. With small knapsack, second hand camera and five rolls of film John Angerson headed to the transforming city. Whilst he wandering the streets there were demonstrations with huge crowds of young and old fuelled by excitement and hopes for a united Germany. Amongst the mayhem one single frame has become the iconic image of Angerson's career. The image went on to win him Ilford photographer of the year and a full time contract at his local newspaper in Northamptonshire. That one fleeting moment shot on the streets of Berlin 28 years ago kick-started a young photographers path into world of photography.