Steve Eason is an experienced and skilled printer and darkroom technician based at the Getty Images Archive in West London. He is also a talented photographer and has covered a wide range of events from the 1980's onwards including the Miners Strikes, the Poll Tax Riots, Gay Pride and Henley Regatta.
In 1989 Steve visited Germany to document the fall of the Berlin Wall. He chose to go to the East side of Berlin because he knew that the majority of press coverage would take place from the West where a greater number of people had gathered. He was hoping to be able to capture something a little bit different on a more intimate scale away from the crowds.
It proved to be the right decision, Steve was able to get close to the proceedings and experience something of the celebratory spirit first hand. Steve's favourite photograph from this set is this image on the right of a family crossing to the West, it tells us something about the human drama of this political event.
— Curator - Caroline Theakstone, Archive Research Manager
Photographer — Steve Eason