In the beginning was the word
The word was followed by gold and money
And the money became a mystery
The reverence of the ones …
And the protest of the others
The course of events
The dismantling begins
The desperate attempt to rescue
The call for paragraphs
The walls fall
The data exchange begins
The fines are not negligible
The last honour
From the end there is a beginning
Photographic Thoughts on Current EventsI am particularly interested in critical social and environmental issues, heavily inspired by my professional career as a software developer.
About 100 years ago began the ascent of the Swiss financial center. The success is due in large part to banking secrecy. It offered protection against the arbitrary actions of states. Unfortunately it was misused by "certain circles". During a long time, it could be defended against attacks.
With the financial crisis in early 2009, the events moved swiftly. This meant the virtual end of bank secrecy. Now, the place would be cleared for a new financial order ... not only in Switzerland but world wide!
In particular, the turbulence around the Swiss bank secrecy and UBS, including the debates in the Federal Parliament gave me the opportunity to put this trouble in photographies. Mid-2009 I created the series "Requiem for a secret".
A year later, the debates in the Federal Parliament and the corresponding lobbying inspired me for a new picture "The desperate attempt to rescue".
The matter has still not been overcome! Some banks seem not having learned anything from the past. The US government put the Swiss banks under massive pressure! Therefore two more pictures had to follow.
Now it's probably about the essence... is there a decision? I'm considering more pictures!
Again, great turbulences. The attack by the U.S. and the EU, leaving deep holes in the defensive walls. The data exchange is unstoppable! There were new pictures necessary.
The big fight begins, the massive pressure from the U.S. continues to increase.
The petty cash of some institutions is badly strained!
Considerable fines have to be paid.