Whether climate change or forest dieback, the waste crisis or sea pollution – art cannot close its eyes to the ecological challenges of the present. The photographers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it, Marx wrote in 1845 in his Theses on Feuerbach. Whereby he actually spoke of “philosophers”; and it is well known that he debunked himself as a thinker who changed the world like no other. But photographers, too, interpret the world with every single glance and prepare the sediment for change. For the world functions according to the laws of the image: What is not visible does not exist, and the more something is visible, the more it exists. Man- made climate change is a volatile example of this. While almost all scientific studies on the subject agree in their core statements, they remain abstract in their prognoses. They are conceivable, but they can only be photographed where they manifest themselves visibly – as floods, monster storms, or the melting of polar ice. When images are lacking, science has a...
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