Wired Magazine Japan reviews Mat Hennek’s publication Silent Cities
reat photography, like great literature or dance or music or art of any sort, is more idea than anything else. Technique without vision is sterile and cold. A good idea shapes the content and provides an initial way of understanding. A good idea is the aesthetic bridge between photographer and audience.
Empty streets. Abandoned city squares. Silent airports. The images made by German-born photographer Mat Hennek instantly evoke the Covid-19 pandemic that has shut down most of the world. Actually, though, Hennek began working on his Silent Cities series in 2013. The publication of a book of the images earlier this month is pure coincidence-the project was years in the making.