How to make images matter?

(Atlas der Angst – Eine Reise durch Deutschland)
We are at war. It said so in the newspaper one sunny day. And people are afraid; they are arming themselves and have started stockpiling provisions. Photographer Armin Smailovic and author Dirk Gieselmann set out in search of the nightmare that is threatening to become real, the war in people’s heads: German angst. From Bautzen to Duisburg-Marxloh, from Sylt to the Zugspitze: the authors drove right through the crisis area known as Germany. They have brought interviews, photos and videos back with them. What is now happening in a country so safe and rich? What are people afraid of? Smailovic and Gieselmann’s quest charts the Germany of the present time in a geographical survey of the various classes of our society. 100 places, 100 photos, 100 texts: the Atlas of Angst.