1990 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Anthony Suau

Black Star for U.S. News & World Report

11 November, 1989

At the wall near Brandenburg Gate, West Berliners wave flags at East German border guards.

In January 1989, East German leader Erich Honecker said he expected the Berlin Wall to endure for another century. By November it had become an anachronism—and so had Honecker. Hundreds of thousands of East Germans fled their country by various routes until the government decided on 9 November to allow free travel to the West. Two days later the frustration that had been building up over nearly three decades was finally unleashed on the symbol of division that the wall had become.

About the photographer

Anthony Suau

Suau started his career at the Chicago Sun Times in 1976 and later joined the Denver Post. In 1985, he moved to New York City to work for Black Star agency. He was a contract pho...

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