About the days ahead

Ingmar B. Nolting
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of a „measure and middle“ approach to the new corona virus. At that time, 28 February 2020, with less than 50 confirmed infections in Germany, large parts of the population did not believe that the virus could harm this country, which has one of the best healthcare systems and the strongest market economy in Europe.

Despite more than 170000 confirmed cases, the situation in Germany appears to differ from that in neighbouring countries. Large parts of the population support the government‘s strict regulations, the health system has not yet collapsed, the percentage of fatalities is comparatively low.

My work is a journey through a Germany that is almost shut down. My journey took me 9000km trough the country where I took photographs on the frontlines and in the backyards of the Corona crisis to create a coherent, more comprehensive and personal document of the situation. Which measures are taken, which solutions are found? What distinguishes Germany from other countries in crisis management? How are the weakest members of society coping? My photographic essay „Measure and Middle“ examines the state of German society – a nation that is often associated with bureaucracy, control and order – during an exceptional time of crisis.