The East Side Gallery is a mile-long section of the Berlin Wall that was not torn down in 1989. Instead, it became a free art gallery on which many talented graffiti artists made cogent statements in paint about the need for freedom for all people, both in Berlin and across the world.
The Gallery is a short distance from the hotel in which I stayed recently, and I made the most of the opportunity to take a few shots early one morning.
A coachload of Japanese tourists turned up, despite this being before 8 in the morning. As ever with tourist groups, everyone has to have their picture taken in front of the object of interest, then they swap over, then someone else comes along ....
I had to wait quite a long time before I could take my own shot of the image in question!
This is easily the best known of the East Side images. It's a brilliantly worked depiction of Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev (on the left) expressing his love for the East German leader Erich Honecker (on the right). Honecker had given orders for his border guards to shoot to kill anyone trying to get over the Wall.