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DOCKS Collectives

Leipzig / DE

The Flood in Western Germany


Between Tuesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 15, 2021, more than about twice the amount of rainfall expected for the entire month of July fell in parts of the western German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia - causing major rivers to burst their banks and sweep away entire villages.

Studies will need to be done to determine whether or not these floods would have taken place without climate change. But scientists say it is safe to assume that it wouldn’t have rained so much, for so long, without the warming of the planet. Warmer air can hold more moisture and Germany’s average temperature has risen by more than 1.6°C over pre-industrial times.

The effects of climate change, which for people in Central Europe only had an impact on faraway countries, have now also arrived in Germany.

Since July 15, we have photographed as a collective in the affected regions to create a large-scale document of the flood and its aftermath.


DOCKS is a collective of five documentary photographers founded in 2018. The collective acts upon shared open-mindedness, honesty and sensitivity. They develop individual and contemporary approaches to documentary photography, narratives that question and reflect on personally chosen subjects. DOCKS sees collaborative work as a method that allows to suspend and question the classic egocentric perspective of documentary photography.

Members: Arne Piepke (1991), Aliona Kardash (1990), Fabian Ritter (1992), Ingmar Björn Nolting (1995), Maximilian Mann (1992)

Publications of the members: New York Times, New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, Washington Post, ZEIT Magazine, Le Monde, GEO, ZEIT, Stern, Der Spiegel ...

Members' awards: World Press Photo Award, World Report Award, grants from Getty Images, VG Bildkunst, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Emerge ...

Publication Projects: DOCKS Newspaper #1, DOCKS Newspaper #2.

Exhibitions: Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Sprengelmuseum Hannover, GAF Hannover, Visa pour l'image Perpignan,Willy-Brandt-Haus Berlin, Benaki Museum Athens, ...