Ingmar Björn Nolting

2020 Highly Commended


Measure and Middle - a journey through Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of a ‘measure and middle’ approach to the ‘new’ coronavirus. 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. Under strict precautions, my path took me 9000km through the country during the lockdown where I took photographs on the frontlines and in the backyards of the Corona crisis to create a coherent and personal document of the situation. 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.

About the Photographer

Ingmar Björn Nolting (b. 1995) lives and works as a freelance photographer in Leipzig, Germany. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund. His work focuses on long-term photo essays dealing with issues of social, geographical and geopolitical isolation. He is a founding member of DOCKS Collective, humanist photography. His work has been published in TIME Magazine and ZEIT Magazin. Nolting received a Getty Reportage Grant, a VG Bildkunst Grant, won the World Report Award in the student category and was among the finalists of W. Eugene Smith Student Grant.