Increasingly desperate quest to find photos to illustrate news stories about Eurozone crisis

In Der Spiegel, Friederike Ott polls Europe's photographers on their increasingly desperate quest to find compelling images to use in illustrating stories about the Eurozone crisis. Taking pictures of distressed Euro coins isn't cutting it anymore.

"It is difficult to keep finding a new approach," he says. "I'm glad the euro coins have different designs in each country. That makes it possible to vary things at least a bit."

Lighting effects can help. "A euro coin that is half in shadow immediately looks far more dramatic," he says. When Spain and Italy came under pressure in financial markets a few weeks ago, Stratenschulte lit sparklers and placed them behind two euro coins standing on their edges. The head of King Juan Carlos and the Leonarda da Vinci's Vitruvian Man stood in a sea of sparks.

Update: In the comments, Sagodjur nails it:

To paraphrase Orwell:

"If you want an illustrative photograph of the European debt crisis, stage a scene involving a one-percenter's Testoni dress shoe stamping on an impoverished human's face - forever."

The Absurd Quest for Euro Crisis Images (via Naked Capitalism)


    1. Have we run out of photos of Angela Merkel looking grumpy?

      Now that Sarkozy’s been wished to the cornfield, her public profile seems to have diminished by an order of magnitude.

      1. To be fair, it also required the loss of the one thing that could drive Sarkozy and Merkel together – their joint loathing of Burlsusconi….

  1.  To paraphrase Orwell:

    “If you want an illustrative photograph of the European debt crisis, stage a scene involving a one-percenter’s Testoni dress shoe stamping on an impoverished human’s face – forever.”

  2. I just put a penny on the tracks and retrieved it after a freight train ran over it. That would make an excellent picture – especially if they caught the train in the act.

  3. The debt crisis has no basis in fact.

    Money is a manufactured construct, specie is nothing but what we use to keep score, loans were supposedly made in good faith.

    They are changing the rules as the game is in progress. And now everybody’s losing.

    Sorry but its a system as shabby as it is idiotic.

    If they put any denomination at any interest rate, it will not stop the tides from coming in or the sun from shining.

    Burn all of the euros and maybe you can cook your meals on the flames.

    This is an entirely artificial crisis. Its as real as you want it to be. 

    Once you stop believing in it, they have no power over you.

      1.  Exactly, just because a few (or even dozens, or hundreds) of people opt out of the paper money system doesn’t mean it will come crashing down. What is needed is some way to move the majority of the world’s wealth down the socio-economic ladder, with a populace-driven move towards massive investment in renewables, so we can halt the rush towards over-utilisation of the world’s finite assets.

        I’m sure we can have that done by 5pm next weekend, who’s with me?

    1. You know, there is a magical fairy-tale land like where people have stopped believing in money.  The land is called Zimbabwe starting in 2000…it isn’t the good kind of magical fairy-tale land.

      Complex technological societies need money or they stop being complex technological societies.  Until our evil AI overlords are able to bring us a functioning planned economy that the communism of the 20th century couldn’t (who also had to resort to using money),  there is literally no way humanly possible to convert raw minerals into something as complex as a single microprocessor, much less a full fledged computer  .  It is a small miracle the system we have works as well as it does.

      Money maters.  If you fuck up the value of your money, regardless if you believe in it or not, you are going to experience the consequences. 

  4. This is easy to solve. Just post images of all the people and institutions that asserted it would bring prosperity and harmony, calling everyone who disagreed with them (and correctly predicted the precise nature of the crisis) “nutters” or worse. People need to be reminded of who is guilty, particularly since the whole business was imposed (and continues to be imposed) anti-democratically.

    1. So it’s all the Euro’s fault, as demonstrated by the wonderful state of the economy in all the places where they don’t use the Euro, like the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

        1. Well, the country I’m from originally is in great shape, lowest unemployment and highest GDP/capita ever. Mostly because of the EU and the Euro (and yes, that country is a net contributor).

          Go find someone else to blame.

          1. I don’t think anyone’s arguing that every country that switched to the Euro is in a shambles. But then again the effects of this crisis are just beginning…

  5. I was surprised to discover
    a news site using a picture from my Flickr stream to illustrate an article on the Eurozone crisis. The graphic? A map of countries features in Scandinavia and the World.

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