2021 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd Prize

Cross-Border Love


Roland Schmid

30 March, 2020

Katarina from Frauenfeld in Switzerland and Ivo from Konstanz in Germany met a few months earlier, on last New Year's Eve, in Zagreb, Croatia. Katarina works in real estate management, and Ivo is studying in Konstanz. Now they can only meet once a week, at the closed border between Kreuzlingen, in Switzerland, and Konstanz.

Switzerland closed its borders for the first time since the Second World War, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In towns like Riehen and Kreuzlingen, citizens had barely noticed the borders with Germany for decades, and had crossed freely. The closure lasted from 16 March to 15 June. Barrier tapes indicated boundaries that should not be crossed, retracing borders that had been reinforced with barbed wire during the war. In some places, these barriers became meeting places for people who were no longer allowed to be together. Despite regulations to restrict movement and socializing, many individuals found inventive ways to see their loved ones.

About the photographer

Roland Schmid

Roland Schmid (1966) is a freelance photographer represented by 13Photo in Zurich, Switzerland. He received a photographic education with Hugo Jaeggi and currently works for n...

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LEICA M (Typ 240)

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