Lukas Ratius was Born in 1989 in Saarbrücken, Germany. In 2017 he finished his studies in communication design at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar. For his Diploma “Taranto: Raffo, Cozze e Scontri”, he portrayed the life around a group of football supporters in the South Italian City of Taranto. Since then he works as a freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker in Saarbrücken.
About the book:
The most important factor in shaping public perception of the government is arguably the way momentous events are translated into images. Our general impression of how a country is run is largely determined by the personality of its political dignitaries. The media often adopt iconic motifs in their coverage: they like it big and pompous, sometimes even violent and brutal – depending on the current sociopolitical context.
Removed from the powerful visual representation of the nation, civil servants and public-sector employees toil away in their unadorned offices, generally hidden from the public eye, working on the ground level in a vast bureaucratic apparatus.
In this book, the photographer Lukas Ratius sheds light on the breadth and complexity of the administrative and political institutions of Saarland, one of Germany’s federal states.
Book title: Der Apparat
Photographer: Lukas Ratius
Publisher: Verlag Kettler
17 × 24 cm, 128 pages