Conceptual Photography

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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

Nothing learned

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 Events

I 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".

September 2011:
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.

April 2012:
Now it's probably about the essence... is there a decision? I'm considering more pictures!

Early 2013:
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.

Summer 2013:
The big fight begins, the massive pressure from the U.S. continues to increase.

Spring 2014:
The petty cash of some institutions is badly strained!
Considerable fines have to be paid.

By the spirit of the last image, however, we are still far away.
A new global financial order is slow in coming.