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.